LEE CANYON (KTNV) — No school and fresh powder were the perfect excuses for families to get out of Las Vegas on Friday.
The Clark County School District canceled classes for the day, and that called for an afternoon of fun at the mountains.
The snowstorm left behind nearly three feet of snow at Lee Canyon, but that made the 'snow experience' a lot more fun.
Locals took advantage of the chilly weather and spent it sledding, snowball-fighting, skiing, and snowboarding.
"It's amazing for them to have this experience," said Katrina Tiebel.
The snow experience came unexpectedly, Tiebel and her family had no time for preparation.
She fashioned together a last-minute snowsuit for her stepson, Chase.
"You get a poncho, you get some duct tape, and you can fix it all," said Tiebel.
Further up the mountain, those riding down were almost speechless.
"Oh, it was great. I had some refreshing snow in my mouth," said Raffi Hovanessian.
He was so excited to snowboard on fresh powder, he attached a GoPro to his helmet to capture his ride down the slope.
"I think it's just really a beautiful wonderland," said Lenna, Raffi’s mother.
She took the day off from work to take her son up the mountain.
"When we have ice out here, it's not as enjoyable but on days like today I’m the first in line, to get the first chair to enjoy the powder," said Ryan Borup.
It was the first time for some of the kids on skies.
"It's a lot easier to learn when there's no ice," said one father teaching his son how to ski.
"I loved it. At first, I thought I was going to fail but I’m doing pretty good."
However, it wasn’t all fun and games, as law enforcement agencies were ticketing those who parked, blocking the road.
"A fair warning would be cool," Josiah Thomas.
But that wasn't the case, 13 Action News was there when Thomas got a ticket.
He did not park within the white line; a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper cited him for illegal parking.
"It's okay; I’m not letting that stop me from enjoying time with my family," Thomas said.