Fresh snow means kids anxious to get outside and have fun in it

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The snow was falling on the first day of the New Year, and despite the cold -- some families just had to get out of the house and have some fun in the snow!

"I'm out here sledding in very cold weather to get my kids a little exercise post-candy, chocolate and other fat foods," Paul Gibeau said.

Gibeau took his two sons to Mee-Kwon Park in Mequon on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 for some sledding. He figured they'd have the big hill to themselves, but many others had the same idea.

"Little surprised because it's New Year's Day. I thought it would be a little less, but it's fresh snow so it makes sense people would be out here," Gibeau said.

Dad watched while Teddy and Ben joined the crowd of hearty souls on the sledding hill.

"It's really fun. The ground is perfectly slick for my snowboard. It's really good -- but the thing I don't really like about it is I have to walk almost like a mile just to get up here," the boys said.

While the climb up the hill is a challenge on its own, some say the steep slope is what brought them to the park on Wednesday.

"We stopped at a couple smaller hills. I was surprised to see anyone out here really, but we stopped at a couple other hills and he said they were baby hills, so we thought we'd bring him over here where it's bigger," Ed Bubolz, who took his grandson sledding on Wednesday said.

Aside from the height, the other challenge on the crowded hill on Wednesday was avoiding collisions -- which is why it's good to have someone looking out for you.

"I told my brother to get out of the way, but I kind of trust the people in front of me that I'm coming toward so that they will move but sometimes I'm not right and then it'll be chaos," the boys said.

With more snow on the way, the sledding hills will remain fresh for families looking to have some fun outdoors.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the snow -- including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating -- among others.