Timely Snowstorm Brings Winter Fun In WNY

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Winter Fun

BUFFALO, NY - "More of this would be fantastic," said Kera Ninos, as she prepared to board a ski lift in anticipation of another run down the slopes at Kissing Bridge on Thursday afternoon.

The ski resort in Colden received over a foot of new snow between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, thanks to the region's first major snowstorm of the winter.

Complain as many do about the snow, the timing of the storm in Western New York was a blessing for outdoor winter sports enthusiasts who have a few days off during the holidays.

That would include mobs of skiers at Kissing bridge, for whom last year's less than snowy winter left a lot to be desired

"We skied last year too, and tried to make of best of it, but this is a bonus," said Ninos' friend Eric Fisher who was joining her on the slopes. "If you live in Buffalo, you might as well enjoy it and get outside....the slopes are amazing..it's fantastic," Ninos said.

Jim Wahl couldn't wait to whip out his wallet and say "filler' up" at a Lackawanna gas station, when getting his snowmobile out for the first time in two years.

"This is great....because it's just been sitting in the garage collecting dust," Wahl told WGRZ-TV.

Sleds of a more affordable sort could be found a plenty at Chestnut Ridge Park, perhaps the area's preeminent sledding hill.

It was especially enjoyable for those who were visiting relatives in Western New York for the holidays, and who live in other parts of the country where sledding isn't on the agenda.

"It's fun, said Skylar Gessner, 6, of Dallas, Texas, who according to his father had never been sledding before Thursday.

Although Skylar, like many a more experienced youngsters, had to learn to roll with the punches.

"I did not like my second ride, since I had a really big wipeout, right on my head," he said.

Two On Your Side also found youthful sledders hailing from Georgia and Florida, also visiting relatives in Western new York for the holidays, and also eager to try the sport for the first time.

Some of the regulars at Chestnut Ridge were disappointed to find that the toboggan runs were not open, but Erie County parks officials say they won't have to wait much longer.

According to a county press release distributed on Thursday, the toboggan run will open officially for the first time this season on Friday from 4-8pm and on weekends and holidays from 10am-4pm throughout the winter.

The following is a list of Erie County parks and activities available:

• Sprague Brook: Sledding, Groomed XC Skiing
• Akron Falls: Sledding, Ungroomed XC Skiing, Snowboarding
• Chestnut Ridge: Sledding, Ungroomed XC Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing (Toboggan runs open Fridays 4-8pm, Weekends/Holidays 10am-4pm)
• Como Lake: Sledding, Ungroomed XC Skiing
• Emery: Sledding, Ungroomed XC Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding
• Elma Meadows: Sledding, Groomed XC Skiing, Snow boarding
• Forestry: Ungroomed XC Skiing, Snowshoeing
• Grover Cleveland Golf Course: Ungroomed XC Skiing, Snowshoeing
• Ellicott Creek: Sledding, Ungroomed XC Skiing, Snowboarding

Click on the video player to watch our story on winter fun from Two On Your Side reporter Dave Mckinley and Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveMcKinley2

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