Sleds fly at Stephens Lake Park

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 2:26 p.m. CST
Luke Rottinghaus, 6, trudges back up the hill at Stephens Lake Park on Jan. 11. The park had approximately 50 people taking advantage of the snowy conditions and day off from school since Columbia Public Schools canceled classes for the day.

COLUMBIA — The wooden Flyer zoomed down the hill, its red runners carrying brothers Hunter Rottinghaus, 9, and Luke Rottinghaus, 6, farther and faster than all the other sledders.

Sleds of all types — inner tubes, discs and even a plastic Mini Luge — dotted both hills in Stephen Lake Park on Tuesday morning as kids and parents made the most of the snow day that canceled school.  

"Flyers still rule," their father, Ron Rottinghaus, said as he watched his sons pull ahead.

Behind the brothers, a red toboggan veered to the left and flipped Alice Kraatz, 5, and James Kraatz, 4, sideways into the snow. The kids rolled and popped up in one smooth motion, ready to ride again.


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