Can anyone recommend a good spot to take the kids?
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On the east side of town I know a lot of folks who go to Ridgeview Country Club. There is a nice short hill at Holy Rosary ("Ho Ro" to the kids)School.
my kiddo calls Holy Rosary "Hosiery Rosary". Priest uncle thinks it's funny.
10th and 3rd holes of Northland golf course and the old tubing hill across from the skating rink on Seven Bridges Road are my childhood favorite hills.
The best I've seen starts on Skyline Parkway and ends right about here: http://tinyurl.com/ybml2pw
Takes a good 15 minutes to get down. Epic. Here's a pic from the hill: http://twitpic.com/t8abc
Ridgeview's #10 hole, right off the parking lot, so you don't have far to go to warm up. Not too long and has a pretty good pitch to it. This is wear I used to take the kids and they had a blast.
I too suggest the old tubing hill across from the skating rink on Seven Bridges Road.
Nemadji in Superior (behind the Golf Course, up from the river).
I think someone told me that the pipeline re-opened it for sledding this year.
We like to go to Chester Bowl and sled down to the left of the ski run if you are facing the ski run. And UMD has a hill that's more fun than it looks, it's next to some of the dorms off of College -- I know exactly where it is, but it's hard to give directions, b/c I don't know any of the names of the buildings. I'm going to try Skyline, that sounds GREAT.
On the far side of the little pond at Harley there is a steep path that I have more than once sledded. There is a nice curve, so if you have time build it up into a nice *banked* curve and you will get all the way down the hill.
Also in Lincoln park by Elephant rock. Also further down Lincoln park in the floodplain adjacent to 3rd st (grand ave).
The Skyline path Nate is talking about is called Central Path by West Duluth kids. I've tried it many, many times as a founding member of the Denfeld Luge Team, and never really had a satisfactory run. I know a lot of people who have, but it requires a certain kind of snow, and it has to be packed down the right amount.
Every time I went there, my group was the first to go after a big snow, and wound up trying to pack it down without much luck.
Oh, and watch out for the rocks. Seriously.
And oh again, don't go down the wrong path and fall off the edge of Casket Quarry, which is here. It's a long way to the bottom, and you will die.
We have a wonderful, medium-size hill in Morgan Park. It's on the north side of 88th Ave. W as you enter the Park, just before the Arbor St. split near the church. If you're really lucky, you can slide all the way into the creek beyond the foot of the hill. Stop at SuperAmerica for hot chocolate on the way home to make the day complete.
The Proctor golf course, hill is long enough for little kids to enjoy but not a killer to walk back up.
Incidentally, if we're talking about the sledding near Central Path, refer back to this terrain map and notice the area just above Skyline. We referred to that as "Suicide Hill," and we used to go down that every now and then. If we're talking about places NOT to take the kids sledding, this should be at the top of the list. And if your children ever talk about going there with their friends, ground them until summer.
I think every town has a sledding hill the kids refer to as "Suicide Hill." This is ours.
Chester Bowl, the large ski jump landing hill. Best to go down with plenty of snow, staying on the sled is an issue. Big time rush.
The snowmobile trail off Skyline is long, albeit relatively straight, but can be fun if the snow is right. Use a car to get several runs in.
Holy Rosary can't be beat. The bells from the church chime so you can tell whe it is time to go home, and there is pleanty of easy parking.
Cascade Park. Also a popular snowboarding spot though I'm not sure either is sanctioned or officially allowed by Duluth Parks and Rec.
Although I've never done it, I've often considered using the (new) love van as a warming shack/shuttle to bring the kids up to the top of Cascade St when they get to the bottom. Mine are still to young, but this could be an excellent sledding party format for middle school or teenage rug rats, plenty of independence and childhood exuberance for the kiddies, but you're still there in case someone needs a stretcher.
We know a little 3 yo who broke her leg at Holy Rosary....be careful!
There were hills in the middle of Grand Marais that we sledded on, and in good conditions, you could make it to the bottom of the first, continue across the street and keep going. Thinking back, that would qualify as a "suicide hill."
My sister remembered they were called "Big Birch" and "Little Birch." They were narrow, zig-zaggy routes through the woods. I can't believe no one got killed.
The Proctor golf course and Ridgeview golf course have good hills for those who prefer not to hit a tree.
By far the best sledding in Duluth from my childhood was done at "Big Mac". I have no idea why it was named as such. It can be found at the top of Colorado street in East Duluth, the part of Colorado that's off of 43 Ave East. Just walk up the hill to the end of the street and keep going, you'll run into the sledding hill.
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