Night 1 first layer of PVA and sand.
Night 2 second layer of PVA - I don't thin it down at all for either layer.
Night 3 paint initial coat - used kids poster paint as it adheres better to the wood.
And finally Sat morning while kids had breakfast some dry brushing and applying grass tufts. Last step will have to wait for the budget to let me get some more poly filler for the snow.