Yeah winter! |

Yeah winter!

Fun in the sun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, according to many South Shore youngsters who are enjoying a snowy winter break from school.

Lake Tahoe Unified and Douglas County school districts are off this week, leaving students with nothing to do but have fun.

“I had Preston come over one day and he’s my friend with the reddish-orangish hair,” said Anders Chaplin, 5. “We played games and stuff. Preston is really into Legos a lot. I got a Star Wars Legos set for Valentine Day from my dad. Also when it’s snowy I like snowball fights, sledding and skiing. I don’t really have snowball fights much though because my mom and dad aren’t really into snowball fights.”

Nine-year-old Ashley York-Tolen said there is plenty of fun wintertime stuff to do.

“I like sledding and I like skiing because you get to slide on the snow and sometimes you fall going down the hill so fast but that’s fun,” she said. “And we built a ‘quinchey.’ It’s like a snow cave. You just let it settle, then you go inside,”

Dylan Nelson, 9, said snow sports usually keep him busy during the cold weather season.

“I like to ski,” Nelson said. “My dad taught me how. I go snowboarding too. Me and my friends snowboard on a really steep hill. I’ve been skiing eight times every year since I was 2 years old but I haven’t gone once this year. I’ve been busy because we just moved, but just up the street.”

Building snowmen and miniature ice dwellings known as snow houses, snow forts and snow caves also are popular chilly day pastimes for Tahoe’s youth.

“Winter is really fun and I would like to make a snowman,” Tahoe Valley Elementary kindergartner Samatha Blair said. “I would make a girl snowman. I’d get her eyes and a carrot for her nose. I would use little leaves for her hair and I’d give her a bow for her hair too.”

Meyers Elementary School student Hunter Griffin said he doesn’t spend much time making snow people.

“Mostly I like to build houses in the snow – snow forts,” Griffin said. “One of my friends usually helps me so it’s not hard.”

Seven-year-old Alexus Hughs likes playing in the snow but said she’s just as happy indoors.

“I stay inside and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows,” she said. “If I go outside I like to sled. I like the saucer sleds because they go fastest and they spin around and around.”

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