Time may have given us the iPhone 5, GPS and blankets with sleeves, but it has yet to improve on the indelible combination of a thin piece of cheap plastic and a steep, snowy slope. Whether you find yourself responsible for entertaining children or simply wish to reconnect with your own inner-child, the sledding hill is the perfect place to spend a day without spending a fortune. With a wealth of hills located at school, state and county parks throughout the mitten, Michiganders needn't go far to find some momentum.
Ada Vista Elementary
7192 Bradfield St. SE, Ada
30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids
Bertha Brock Park
2311 West Bluewater Highway, Ionia
Caledonia Lakeside Park
300 N. Lake St., Caledonia
Cascade Township Park
3810 Thornapple River Dr., Cascade
Echo Valley Winter Sports Park
3309 Woodhams Ave., Portage
2600 Wilson Ave. SW, Walker
400 Park Ave., Parchment
Lake Harbor Park
3600 Lake Harbor Rd., Norton Shores
928 West Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
400 Manhattan Rd.SE, East Grand Rapids
Mary Waters Park (Belknap Hill)
1042 Lafayette Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
1761 Rosewood Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
462 N. Scenic Dr., Muskegon
1155 28th St. SW, Wyoming
Provin Trails Park
2900 4 Mile Rd., Grand Rapids
1101 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids
Rosewood Park (Charlie's Dump)
1960 Rosewood St., Jenison
Van Raalte Farm Park
1076 East 16th St., Holland
Wabasis Lake Park
11220 Springhill Dr., Greenville
Woods Lake Elementary
3215 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo
Sledding Safety Tips
We all have that one sledding story, and while it can be funny comparing scars or posting spills on YouTube, it's far more satisfying when you and your loved ones return home in one piece. Remember, sledding hills are self-policed, so adhering to the proper etiquette ensures that a good time can be had by all.
● Michigan Weather: 'Nuff Said. Remember what state you live in. Depending on how Mother Nature treats us, you could be sledding in subzero grayness or in sunshine. Oh, and if you think you're too old for snow pants, you're probably right.
● Size Matters. Didn't look that steep from the bottom, did it? There are a variety of sledding hills to choose from, so make sure to pick one that fits within your comfort zone.
● Adults Weigh More Than Children. Always take care to scan your path before taking off. You don't want to be the reason little Timmy develops a lifelong fear of inner tubes, do you?
● You Are Not Sully Sullenberger. No safe trip down the hill is complete without a runway. If you find yourself in the river, on the road or crumpled at the base of a wall, we advise that you stick to snow angels.