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Theres always snow in Paoli

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By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

When the weather gets cold, I get the urge to play in the snow. I suppose it comes from all the good memories of my childhood when my daddy used to pull me down the hill on a wooden sled he made himself. We made snowmen and our snow cream was the best but left you shivering inside. We would go down the hill beside our house with every winter snow. The traffic could hardly get over it so the roads were reserved for the sledders.

I guess I never outgrew this form of fun pastime since I have managed to find a sled and try out the hills everywhere I have lived.

So when I had a couple of days off in a row I dragged my grandson and a fellow worker, Dr. Bernie Sy, to the Paoli Peaks Park. We drove the four hours up Interstate 65 to Louisville, Ky. and then turned onto Highway 150 going northwest through the little town of Paoli, Ind. before turning off the road to the snow-covered hill just out of town.

There is always snow there whenever the temperature is below freezing because they turn on the big snow makers to cover the entire hill. The “mountain” isn’t much bigger than the one at Five Oaks Country Club, but it is big enough for a novice skier to speed to the bottom and then take a chair ski lift back to the top for another run.

We put Dr. Sy out on the Bunny run since he hadn’t been on skis before and gave him instructions. By a half-dozen trips, he was able to progress to a more challenging course.

My grandson and I got in several downhill passes before picking Bernie up again to ski with us. The lift tickets and equipment rental for two adults and one child was just under $100 for the whole day.

If skiing is too exerting or exciting for you, there is an alternative activity just across the valley. Snow tubing is set up so that all you have to do is jump in the tube and hold on to get to the bottom of the hill.

So when the snow is on the ground, please look me up for some snow cream and fun activities.

Editor’s Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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