Friday, November 14, 2014

Snow Day at Camel's Back Park

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

click to enlarge Nic Daniels sleds like a pro. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • Nic Daniels sleds like a pro.

click to enlarge With school cancelled, well over 100 people flocked to Camel's Back to spend the day in the snow. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • With school cancelled, well over 100 people flocked to Camel's Back to spend the day in the snow.
While school playgrounds sit empty today after more than 100 public and private schools across the Treasure Valley called it a snow day, Camel's Back Park filled with more than 100 kids and parents, armed with plastic saucers, wooden toboggans, inner tubes  old-fashioned runner sleds and a couple of pool toys.  

For Chris Downs, this is the first time in his life that he's experienced snow. The 26-year-old moved from Louisiana only two weeks ago—in the mist of Boise's nice, mild autumn. All that changed yesterday when a cold front from Canada transformed the city into a winter dreamscape. 

"It's awesome," Downs said. Indeed, his friend Nic Daniels agreed, calling the day "epic."
Daniels and his wife, Emily brought their three children—ages seven, nine and 10—to Camel's Back for a morning of sledding. Emily said when her kids found out today was a snow day, "the house was full of a lot of cheering." 

But the popular sled hill at Camel's Back is a dangerous place to be. One kid got going so fast on his plastic toboggan that he ran into an innocent bystander looking the opposite direction, taking the guy's legs out from under him and leaving the victim going a front flip into the snow. 

"That's the best wipe out we've seen so far," Daniels said. 

"Oh, Owen, you idiot! I love you, son!" Emily said, laughing as she watched her own son slide down the hill sans sled.

Seven-year-old Olivia decided spending a day at Camel's Back definitely beat a day in her second-
grade classroom at Hillcrest Elementary.
click to enlarge For Nick Crawford and his friends, today was about training for the upcoming season. - NICK CRAWFORD
  • Nick Crawford
  • For Nick Crawford and his friends, today was about training for the upcoming season.


"You can have fun here," she told Boise Weekly. "You can't [at school]. If it snows, they make you stay inside."

Nick Crawford and Audrey Coon circumvented the chaos of the Camel's Back sledding hill, taking their dogs and cross country skis through the deeper foothills trails. Crawford is the coach of the Bogus Basin Nordic Team, gearing up for his fourth winter in the job. 

"I'm good at combining work and pleasure," he said. They started their trek around 7:30 in the morning and finished by 10 a.m. 

Coon wasn't as shocked by the snow as Downs—she moved to Boise from Alaska to study kinesiology (sports science) at Boise State University. 

"This is our first venture in the snow," Coon said. "It's awesome to be back on skis."

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