SLEDDING! YAY! Every winter I look forward to sledding above all else. I’m not a snowboarder, snowshoeing is not my thing… but there is something absolutely invigorating about sledding in the fresh snow with my family. It doesn’t matter how many times you run up the hill, its hard to get tired when you know you’ll be rewarded with a speedy snowy blast down the hill!
Now, not to be a party pooper, but check out this article about safe sledding and injuries first, and consider having your kids wear helmets when they sled. http://www.standard.net/topics/outdoors/2011/01/29/unsafe-sledding-can-be-all-downhill
Mount Ogden Park – 3144 Taylor Ave - Holy-moly this is an AWESOME park for sledding. Smaller hills for the smaller kids, bigger hills for the more adventurous, plenty of parking and just up the hill from Grounds for Coffee- grab a hot cocoa and give it a go next snowfall! Maybe you’ll see us there!
Lomond View Park - 220 East Elberta Drive - A nice, long gentle sloping hill which is very popular with neighbors- perfect because before you know it; sweet jumps are being made, the snow is packed and slick, and a good time is had by all!
El Monte Golf Course - 1300 Valley Drive - Remember to ask permission before sledding on any golf courses, however this was suggested to me as one of Ogdens top sledding hills!
Art Nord Trailhead - State Road 226, Ogden, Utah - In the winter State Road 226, also called Old Snowbasin Road, is closed to traffic and anybody can go sledding on the road.
North Ogden Divide - The North Ogden Divide Trailhead, at the top of the North Ogden Divide Canyon Road is a USFS trailhead and serves as the launch point for 5 area summits. The sledding hill here is a long hill with a series of bumps, which makes for a fun rollercoaster type ride! From I-15, Take exit 344 (the 12th Street exit). Drive East on 12th Street for 2 miles. Turn North onto Washington and drive toward Ben Lomond for about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto 3100N and continue up N. Ogden Canyon Road. The trailhead and a parking lot will be on the top (about 3 miles) on your right. If you start heading down, you’ve gone too far. It’s big, you can’t miss it!
Trappers Loop - North end of Trapper’s Loop (Highway 167) between Mountain Green and Huntsville (This was the only information I could find, but I included it for those who may know more about it and be willing to share!) Please keep in mind its not cool to trespass so if anyone knows where this spot is and can give us more info, please share!
Paid Sledding Hills (Tow Ropes, Yay!)
Snowbasin: Tubing is available in single-ride, triple-ride, six-ride and unlimited day passes. Discounts are offered to ski season pass holders on the latter three. The tubing hill is only open on weekends and holidays during the ski season, running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Snowbasin’s tubing hill offers four lanes of varying ability levels. The lanes are serviced by a rope tow.
The tubing hill is located a short walk from the base lodge facilities of Snowbasin, via snow or parking lot. During the primary season, a shuttle bus stops near the tubing hill, providing service back to the base area near Earl’s Lodge. Snowbasin offers tubers free hot chocolate at Earl’s Lodge after 2 p.m. http://www.snowbasin.com/
Super Cool Special Menion: The Heber Valley Tube n Train – Experience winter fun like you’ve never done before…combine a relaxing train ride with the rush of snow tubing on a 1,000-foot groomed hill with tow-lift service! Board the Heber Valley Railroad for a scenic ride across the valley to Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Nordic Events. There, you’ll enjoy approximately 90 minutes of Utah’s best snow tubing before returning to the train depot.
$38 adults, $28.00 children (ages 3-12) – 12.50 for lunch
Did we miss any? What are your favorite sledding hills? Let us know, I’ll include them! (Unless you want to keep it a secret, in which case – just promise you’ll bring me along.