LEO, Ind. (WFFT)- Cross country skiing is open for business at Metea County Park. The park announced today they finally have enough snow to let skiers on the trails.
"It's just been a perfect day to be out here. We basically had the park to ourselves out exploring and enjoying. It seems like it's been so long since we've had a nice snow," said Nicole Hoover.
Skiing and sledding hours and prices
Rental: $6.00 per hour for ages 13 and over
$5.00 per hour for ages 12 and under
BYO skis: $2.00 admission
Last rental: 4:00 p.m.
Sledding hill admission: $2.00 for ages 7 and older, no rentals.
Hoover and her son, Hayden, are some of the skiers who didn't let the cold and wind stop them from opening day.
"You almost feel guilty making tracks in it. It's so pretty out there, and a couple times the wind started blowing. It was almost like a blizzard. But yet so calm, and peaceful, and quiet. It just looked like a postcard," Hoover said.
Park staff said there have been several years there wasn't enough snow to ski, but this time it's here to stay a while.
"We have opportunities for people to go out and learn how to ski, and brush up on what the know, and get a chance to see some nice scenery in the winter and not have to worry about sinking in the snow any, just glide across it," said Bob Dispenza, Park and Education Manager.
For some it's a family tradition, but for others cross country skiing is a lifelong sport.
"I've skied since basically I could walk, so it's a fun way to get outside and actually do something different in the winter time," said Cassie Johnson.
Whether you're skiing or hitting the sledding hill, Metea County Park is excited to offer a winter wonderland for all ages.
"And we have a nice fire to warm up by," Dispenza said.
Cross country skiing and sledding will be open as long as there's at least four inches of snow on the ground.