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Great Bear Packed With Students On Break

February 13, 2014, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Great Bear Packed With Students On Break
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A lack of school doesn't mean kids aren't keeping busy. The Presidents' Day break is letting area students hop on their skis and snowboards to show off their talents in front of family and friends.

"I'm here with that orange-coated kid. There's a guy up there that I'm with. One of my friends is here and there's two other kids I know," Dylan Gulson said.

"I like to go up on the terrain park and do a bunch of jumps and rails," T.J. Simko said.

These kids at Great Bear Recreation Park look for any opportunity to get outside to try a new trick.

"My kids do, they ask to come out here a lot, but it's been so cold that we haven't been able to come out here because it's just been too bitter. So we've been out here now that it's getting nicer," Linda Heitkamp said.

T.J. and Dylan may be young, but they certainly aren't shying away from showing off their skills.

Simko: Probably a tail grab.
Jared: What's that?
Simko: It's when you bring your board up and grab the board like this. That's basically it.

Gulson: You do a jump, grab the front of your board and right at the end of the jump you let go and land it.
Jared: How often do you land that?
Gulson: A lot.

Great Bear being packed with excited kids is a parent's dream. The kids are out enjoying fresh air with the great weather, and enjoying the slopes at the same time.

"I do everything to get the kids off the couch, so this is awesome. Fresh air, no fighting, it's awesome," Heitkamp said.

Thursday's weather is just an added bonus.

Great Bear Recreation Park is taking advantage of the Presidents' Day break by operating under its typical weekend hours. Anyone like our young snowboarding stars wanting to do some skiing, snowboarding or tubing can do so from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

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