Reporter: Mark Kelly l Photojournalist: Sally Delta Goin
Lynchburg, VA - Some saw Friday evening's snow as a good time to hit the slopes.
The Liberty Snowflex ski slope doesn't need snow, but it certainly doesn't hurt. There's usually no snow at all and they use misters to slick up the surface. But, employees and skiers say Snowflex is just as fun with a little snow.
It's got snow in the name. And works just fine without any snow at all. But, a little powder made a Friday night on the hill something to remember.
"It's open year round, but to have the snow makes it that much more special," said Andrew Edwards, Ski Instructor.
"I know right. That's what Snowflex is suppose to be - artificial. Not tonight," said Nikki Phelps.
The Phelps' brought three of their boys. It's their first time on the board. They needed no push getting down the hill but, it took a helping hand to get back up.
"What a great experience in the snow," said Phelps.
The Huiett family's from North Carolina, and say they don't get snow all that often. They appreciate it when it falls.
"We looked outside and there was snow and it looked like fuzz all over the ground," said Joy Huiett.
The snow burst caught some by surprise.
"It wasn't snowing at all. It looked like it was about to, and then I just looked up and it was coming down all over the place," said Andrew Edwards.
But, it's a pleasant surprise for Snowflex instructors. They say real snow has its pluses.
"It's a lot easier to turn in the snow. It's a lot easier to get a little motion going on," said Edwards.
And that has the experienced eager to give it a whirl on the real snow.
"I know how to snow ski. I would like to go to the back side and do some snow skiing, but it's just a kid thing tonight," said Donnivan Justis.
Snowflex says it's been doing really well the last couple weeks, even with Liberty University students on holiday break. The slope's been averaging 110 people a day for the last couple weeks.