Monday saw the first significant snowfall accumulation of the season. Many are determined not to let a few inches of powder go to waste. Becky Lambert, Outdoor Recreation Manager at Snow Park at Alpine Hills, says the venue saw about 300 people on Monday.
“The snow is just bringing people out, realizing what fun they could have out here at Alpine Hills,” said Lambert. The five acre space allows for tubing and snowboarding for all ages.
A $10 admission price includes renting an inner tube or, for a couple bucks more, renting snowboarding gear.
“A lot of times, we’re [people’s] first experience in the snow,” said Lambert.
“It’s my first time and you just can’t be scared,” said George Wink, of sledding down the snowy hills. The Rockford winter venue not only has first time snowboarders, but first time visitors, too. Lambert says she sees people come from all different parts of the country.
“We have people from Florida, people who have never seen snow,” said Lambert.
“We’re up here for work from Missouri,” said Wink. “So, we figured we’d check it out.”
Once they do, many, like Zofia Prashar, look forward to returning. “It’s one of a kind,” said Prashar. “It’s so much fun.”
“If we have another snow day off from work, you can bet you’ll see us out here,” said Wink.
The height requirement for a person to snowboard, or tube, is three feet. Snow Park at Alpine Hills is open Thursday through Monday until 8pm.