Snow in Payson draws visitors from Valley

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PAYSON, Ariz. -- While folks scrape off the ice in the Rim Country, thousands in the Valley are preparing to pack up and head north for snow.

Although the snow and ice is tempting for tourists, it also caught some off guard.

Snow-capped mountains on the edge of the Valley lured adventurers to the high country, although this adventure wasn't quite what Trenton Vasiliow and his friends were anticipating.

Their crotch rockets got them up to Payson, but it wasn't the ideal mode of transportation for conditions like these.

"We're just trying to get out, scrape the ice away," Vasiliow said.

Unfortunately, Trevor Derry's battery was dead and he had to get a tow all the way back to Phoenix.

Mother Nature has certainly proved good business for tow truck driver John Ansick but not so good on his body.

"In the last two days, I've had about three hours sleep," Ansick said.

Ansick has been rescuing Valley residents, crisscrossing the snowy high country since Tuesday's big storm.

"Several accidents, recoveries, things like that. No deaths, thank goodness," he said.

For most folks, they got what they came for. Unfortunately, for Derry, his adventure will cost him more than $300.

In the end, they say it was definitely worth it, despite the hitch in their plans and a little bit of extra work.