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Downtown New Canaan Makes Own Mountain

It's a good bet that Bennett Polikoff did not expect to practice his mountain-climbing skills when he went to downtown New Canaan on Monday. Still, he found himself high above the intersection of Elm Street and South Avenue, smiling broadly as his mother, Cynthia, took a few pictures.

"This is so great," Bennett, 7, said as he stood atop the huge pile of snow in the heart of New Canaan's shopping district.

The massive pile, which stretched for nearly half a block, attracted several families downtown Monday, presenting a chance to do more than just shop or get out of the house. The drift, likely created by crews as they cleared the town's main streets, consumed about a dozen parking spots and blocked the view of several shops. It wasn't too much of an inconvenience, as many shops remained closed after Sunday's blizzard.

Cynthia Polikoff, a resident of Ponus Ridge Road for about 15 years, said she's not a fan of winter but wanted her son to see the big pile. "I don't like snow, but I figured that he would like it," she said, taking pictures of Bennett, his brother Birggs, 14, and her husband, Steven. "I like New Canaan for 10 months out of the year, but I like to see this. I've never seen anything like this."

Nick Howard had not laid eyes on so much snow in a downtown, either. So much to the surprise of his children, the 42-year-old climbed to the top of the pile, bringing smiles to his daughters Kate and Bess, 15, and their friend Sara Levine, also 15.

"This is entertaining," Nick Howard said. Asked why he scaled the snow pile, he smiled and said, "Because I'm stupid." Kate Howard didn't seem to agree "Dad!" she said from the opposite end of the pile. "This is so much more fun than reading."

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