Now that Nanaimo is covered in snow, the slopes become sled runs for many city youngsters.
From the south end to the north, many spots become slippery enough to pass away an afternoon.
Some kids get creative when carving the powdery piles, experimenting with styles and contraptions to speed down the hills.
From inner tubes to garbage bags to high-tech handled sleds that seat several, kids find their own ways to drift down the dunes.
Nanaimo has a few hills that are tops for toboggans.
Several school slopes are among the favourites.
Sean Norgard and his boys Davin, 7 and Owen, 5, spent some time on the sleds on Monday.
The Saltspring Island family took advantage of the snow-covered slopes at Bowen Park while visiting family nearby.
It was their second day in a row sledding after the weekend's snowflakes prompted the purchase of new sleds.
"They're almost like boogie boards for snow," said Norgard. "(Davin) uses it like a snowboard."
The family recently vacationed in Mexico where Davin tested out similar skills on the water.
For the Tait siblings it's all about speed.
Chris, 15, Jen, 12 and Hayley, 11, along with godbrother Thomas Haarsma, 9, sledded under sunny skies on Monday.
"So far so good," said Chris after several runs. Some double-up toboggan attempts tried to steer over a small snow-constructed jump, which proved difficult.
"If you make the slighest turn you tend to flip it," said Chris.
A garbage bag was among several methods the siblings used to ride. The Tait sleds are sometimes waxed to gain more ground.
Hayley slid down the hill on her stomach with her arms outstretched like a bird, giggling as she sped down the slope.
The youngster got so warm trekking up and down the hill she took her jacket off and did several runs in a T-shirt, snowpants and pink mittens. The siblings said late Monday morning they would likely spend all day on the slopes.
Several snowy spots were also jam-packed on the weekend as youngsters took advantage of the winter weather.
Daniel Fleury, 13, was one of several teens getting air on a jump packed onto the slopes at Rutherford Elementary.
With cold temperatures apparently sticking around and flurries in the forecast later this week, it looks like those who love sledding will get more chances this season.
TOP SLEDDING SPOTS
Top Spots for Sledding:
1. Calder Road ( pre-plowed)
2. Quarterway Elementary
3. Mountainview Elementary
4. Bowen Park
5. Rutherford Elementary
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