Families take advantage of 'snow day' with homemade sleds


by MARK WIGGINS / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Friday's icy conditions led to canceled classes at Murchison Middle School, but that didn't stop the action on the slopes nearby.

Dozens of families turned out Friday morning to enjoy what temporarily qualified as an Austin winter wonderland. Children large and small, and some with children of their own, toted homemade sleds to the glistening slopes of Murchison Hill.

"We have a top of a container and a cardboard box," said Austin resident Rebecca, whose friend chipped in a science fair project board as well. "We're going to sled down the hill, or attempt to, because there's not much ice or snow."

But who needs snow? A thin layer of frost over some frozen grass, and you've pretty much got the Swiss Alps, Central Texas-style.

"The greatest thrill was sitting on this here trash can lid that we found on the hill," one slightly winded sledder told KVUE's camera after a particularly harrying run.

"Hey, it's still snow!" said one Illinois transplant. "You make the best of it, don't you?"

Regardless of how much actual snow there may be, the snow day tradition behind Murchison Middle School is contagiously fun. For novices like the KVUE crew, there are always plenty of experts ready to dispense advice.

"I say you water your sled down [to] make it go fast," said one consistently speedy subject.

Armed with the wisdom of the multiple veteran sledders on hand, KVUE photojournalist Michael Moore mounted a daring and impressive run in order to capture the experience for the safety of our viewers at home. Go here to see the video of Moore's downhill adventure.

With the successful and spill-free performance recorded for posterity, it's another semi-snow-day success on the frozen slopes of Austin's greatest temporary sledder's paradise.