Though skiing and snowboarding will likely always reign supreme in the world of winter sports, we’d like to remind you of another, super family-friendly option that can still get the adrenaline pumping: sledding. Bundle up and pack the kids in the car for a day of winter fun. Whether you opt for a tube or a good old-fashioned radio flyer, you and the family can have just as much fun hitting the smaller slopes.
Marshall Hill — Stowe, Vermont
Conveniently located for kids behind Stowe Elementary School, Marshall Hill is the premier spot for sledding in the idyllic Vermont countryside. You can rent a toboggan at nearby Shaw’s General Store on the city’s Main Street.
Firecracker Hill — Telluride, Colorado
A mountain town known for its stellar ski runs, Telluride doesn’t hold back when it comes to sledding, either. Firecracker Hill is tucked away from the ski runs and situated on the southern end of Telluride’s scenic town park. And if you don’t have a tube, you can rent one at the nearby Nordic center.
Swallow Cliff Woods — Chicago, Illinois
On Chicago’s South Side, this 800-acre nature preserve is an outdoor recreation haven and urban escape for Chicagoans year round. Plus, stairs take you back up to the top instead of having to trudge straight up a hill—they’re maintained and salted throughout the winter, too.
Edward Payson Park — Portland, Maine
There’s nothing quite like a New England winter, and at Edward Payson Park in the midst of Maine’s largest city, an ideal sledding hill awaits—and it’s best enjoyed after a winter storm. It’s typically divided between snowboarders and sledders, but each take to their own side, so there’s no need to worry about getting bowled over by an errant board.
Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — Boston, Massachusetts
Though this outdoor park tucked within Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is home to many a tree, there are plenty of open spaces to sled, too. The park features several spots perfect for sledding, but Peters Hill, the highest and longest, is our pick.
Wright Memorial Park — Dayton, Ohio
Plenty of parking adds to the convenience of this spot in southcentral Ohio, nestled among the city’s museums dedicated to the Wright Brothers and the birth of airplane flight. Wright Memorial Park’s hill, about 700 feet long and sloping at a 40-degree angle, is the perfect place to embrace a Midwestern winter.