It’s been a popular pastime for winter thrill seekers for generations.
The thrill of hopping on a sled or toboggan, and racing down a hill to the bottom, only to do it over and over again.
Sledding allows people of all ages to participate in a relatively inexpensive activity. Sleds can be made from everything from metal or plastic discs, to wooden toboggans and even cardboard boxes.
In Northern Michigan, once the snow falls, sledders head out to a number of sites throughout Charlevoix and Emmet counties. Here’s a look at some popular sledding spots.
The Winter Sports Park in Petoskey has been entertaining winter enthusiasts of all ages since the 1920s.
The park is free and features a sledding hill, along with a skating rink nearly the size of a soccer field.
The sledding hill opens once there is enough snow.
The hill isn’t too steep, which makes it a popular choice for families with young children. In addition, there is also a beginner ski and snowboard hill with a rope tow.
There is also a warming house that offers a place to relax and take a break.
Hours for the Winter Sports Park are 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On school snow days, hours are noon-9 p.m.
The Petoskey Winter Sports Park is located at 1100 Winter Park Lane.
For more information, contact the park at (231) 347-1252.
Avalanche Mountain Preserve is made up of 300 acres of woodland and is located on the south side of Boyne City.
For years, Avalanche Mountain has been a popular spot for those looking to head down the big hill in a sled.
Sledding is open once there is plenty of snow, and there is also a warming house and ice rink.
Sledding and ice skating are allowed any time (the park closes at 10:30 p.m.).