Sledding Posts

2019/20 UnOfficial Upper Chester Neighborhood Luge Course, Test Run, Zero Degrees

Thinking of stretching a net over the street and launching off the snowbank at the end. Also considering an action sequence whereby a pickup truck with a bed full of snow drives by at exactly the right moment to catch the airborne sledder.

We need another foot or more of snow before the course can really shine. The last powdery snowfall is too granular to get any decent speed. What we need is another wet snow and then an immediate deep freeze. I’m confident this will happen. The goal is a solid chute with zero chance of accidental exit on curves or elsewhere.

We’re getting there.

Upper Chester Unofficial Official Neighorhood Luge Course

The Slice: Sliding at Pinehurst Park

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

This edition features wintertime fun in Cloquet’s Pinehurst Park.

The Slide

“Are you the announcer or something?”

Corey was standing a few feet from the sled run when she spoke; one hand on her hip, her other mittened hand trying to wisp away the strands of hair run renegade from under her cap.

Corey was 8. She often cut to the heart of matters with me, her nattering uncle — curt queries snapping her into adult demeanor, leaving me bemused and suddenly self-conscious.

“I’m just trying to make this more exciting, like we did when I was a kid.”

Corey only half-listened and then belly-flopped onto her plastic glider, tucking the tow rope under her purple parka. “Push me far this time,” she gasped. One-two-three and she zoomed off.

Her cousin was trouncing up the hill, excited for another run.

“Did I get the world record? Is that the farthest anybody got ever?”

“Ever. Now get snug to the front. Josh, you’ll never beat Corey with your rope hanging out like that. You gotta be smart. It’s the intangibles that get you to the top.”

He only winced. Another three-count and Josh grinned as he slid away. Corey was still at the bottom of the hill, eating snow while flat on her back, feet kicking in the air. I was happy to see her once again acting her age.

Old Seven Bridges Road sled hill

I remember fondly tubing down a hill on Seven Bridges Road. You used to be able to rent tubes from the chalet. They have a nice lighted trail system for cross-country skiing at Lester Park. What would be needed to get the sled hill going again?

Boxing Day 2009 Sledding Conditions: Horrible!

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Today’s report is from Lincoln Park. It was well packed down yesterday, and frozen rock-hard today. So, the speed on the way down is totally out of control, and the ride is full of solid bumps that threaten to permanently damage one’s sphincter ani externus muscle.

Sledding Spots In Duluth

Can anyone recommend a good spot to take the kids?