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Snowstorm during winter break; bad for drivers, welcomed by outdoors-lovers

While slippery conditions posed a danger to drivers, the snowfall helped outdoor recreation in the Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS — At Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis -- cross country skiiers are embracing the storm. Cousins Sam Vanspriell and Max Gohman both race for their high school teams - and say this shot of snow is just what they needed.

"We're just having some fun. Going for a ski with my cousins," Vanspriell said.

"Everywhere else, the snow is melted. This is the only place you can ski," Gohman said. "Especially in the last few days its been melting and its been very bad conditions, but this will hopefully stick around and groom and have good races."

Wirth Park - which will host World Cup ski races in March - was full Monday with people enjoying the snow. 

And it wasn't just the ski track. 

"When it snows, it makes tubing much more fun," said Mila Brisson.

The tubing hill just opened for the season after Christmas.

With winter break lasting another whole week for most schools -- the timing is right for getting the kids out of the house.

Minnesotans tend to embrace winter more than others.

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"We're used to the snow up here and it's kind of part of the culture. So I think it's really important," Gohman said.

But it's probably fair to say storms like this are probably enjoyed more by the kids than the parents.

"We have to get our energy out. We have way more energy than adults," Brisson said.

"They don't have to drive," Bailee Hayenga added.