What’s more fun than spending an afternoon full of sledding and family fun? When snow begins to fall, golf courses and parks transform into exciting sledding areas. Many ski resorts even create their own snow tubing tracks to deliver hours of cold-weather entertainment. At the end of the day, you can return to your cozy vacation rental to unwind and relax. Looking for the ultimate sledding or snow tubing experience? Here are 11 of the top sledding spots in the nation.
1. Heavenly Mountain Resort – Lake Tahoe, CA
There’s no place like this Lake Tahoe hot spot after a snowfall if you’re looking for something fun to do with older kids or teens. The hill overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe features 500-foot runs with an exhilarating 65-foot near-vertical drop. Children need to be 42 inches tall to tube here, and the resort charges an hourly rate. Staff provides snow tubes for your family on the spot.
2. Firecracker Hill – Telluride, CO
Vacation rentals in Telluride put downhill skiing and fantastic mountain views at your fingertips, but the Colorado ski town is also home to a world-class sledding hill. Firecracker Hill lies on the southern end of Telluride in Town Park and offers an obstacle-free, semi-gradual slope ideal for kids of all ages. Bring your own sleds to enjoy free entertainment, or rent a few from the Telluride Nordic Center.
3. Theodore Wirth Park – Minneapolis, MN
When the snow starts falling in Minneapolis, stop by this park to sled down a kid-friendly hill complete with lights for night sledding and a tow rope. You’re welcome to bring sleds from your vacation rental, or you can rent tubes to slide down the separate tubing hill. The park offers free admission, and you can even grab a cup of hot chocolate at the stand nearby.
4. Keystone Resort – Keystone, CO
When you’re not skiing, take your older kids to tube down the Adventure Point tubing hill with steeper and more gradual lanes as well as a magic carpet to bring you back to the top. If your kids don’t stand 42 inches high yet, head over to the Keystone Nordic Center to zip down the more gradual Family Tubing Hill. Both hills charge an hourly rate and provide tubing and sledding equipment.
5. Snow Mountain – Stone Mountain, GA
Thanks to its artificial snow generator, this Georgia sledding hill creates a winter wonderland for kids of all ages. Your tiny tots can ride a toboggan down the Little Angels hill, and kids taller than 36 inches can tube down a 400-foot run on the Avalanche Alley Hill. For older kids over 42 inches, the Tube Runner delivers a real thrill. Families can purchase two-hour sessions that also provide access to a snow play area, and sleds and tubes are provided.
6. Payson Park – Portland, ME
Various winter activities are available at Payson Park during the winter, but sledding is a local favorite. Bring your own sleds to fly down the family-friendly sledding hill ideal for all ages. Plus, you can sled here for free.
7. Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum – Boston, MA
The Arboretum at Harvard University becomes a cherished family sledding spot when the snow falls, offering a number of hills ripe for sliding. Peter’s Hill is a favorite thanks to its obstacle-free path ideal for younger kids. Older kids and teens may enjoy the thrill of Weld Hill, which features a 60-degree slope. While donations are welcome, the arboretum charges no admission. keep in mind you need to bring your own sledding supplies here.
8. Dutch Henry Tubing Hill – Leadville, CO
Looking for an adrenaline rush? If you’re heading to your vacation rental with older kids or teens, make a trip to this steep sledding here near downtown Leadville for a fast ride. You can sled here for free if you bring your own equipment, but you can also rent tubes for a fee during the weekends.
9. Mad River Mountain – Zanesfield, OH
The Avalanche Tubing Park lets you fly over bumps and curves on its 10 tubing lanes that stretch 1,000 feet. Kids young and old are sure to have a blast here, and the weekend tubing nights are always a hit. Although this isn’t a free hill, even long sessions are fairly affordable, and you don’t need to bring your own tubes.
10. Wintergreen Resort – Wintergreen, VA
If your kids are over 42 inches tall and at least six years old, rent a few snow tubes at Wintergreen Resort to soar down The Plunge at speeds of up to 30 mph. Sessions of different lengths include snow tube rentals and are available for a fee. If you’re traveling with little ones, they can still enjoy some tubing fun at Rigley’s Fun Park if they’re at least three years old, and they can even enjoy a mini tubing carousel.
11. Camelback Mountain – Tannersville, PA
Head to this popular ski resort in the Pocono Mountains to slide down one of 42 tubing lanes. Sessions cost a small fee and include snow tube rentals. Kids over 44 inches in height can tube alone, but little ones between 33 and 44 inches need to ride with an adult on a double tube. Once you reach the bottom of the hill, a magic carpet conveyor belt takes you to the top.
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