The winter pastime gets no easier, safer, or more fun than at Theodore Wirth Park’s high-tech hill.
If you’re a thrill seeker, you’ll want to check out one of the steepest hills the Twin Cities have to offer. Don your best winter jacket and snowpants and head to Columbia Park, located in Northeast Minneapolis. This 180-acre park has plenty of rolling hills, but keep your eyes peeled for the big one (really, you can’t miss it). Whether you bring the sleds along with or prefer to rent tubes for the day, you’ll have a blast shooting down this hillside.
If you’re tired from traipsing up the hill after each run, try the slopes at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. A moving sidewalk makes it easy to reach the top of their hills, which range in grade, so you can hop on your sled and go again. This sledding hill is open evenings Wednesdays through Fridays and a two-hour pass costs $15.
Theodore Wirth Regional Park‘s tubing hill makes sledding easy and safe. A towrope for getting back up the hill helps keep sledding paths clear, and specially designed tubes are available for rent at the park. Along with the tubing hill, the Winter Recreation Area includes a designated snowboard park, an off-road cycling trail, ski and snowboard lessons, and a kids’ camp for days when school is cancelled.
Climb to the summit of Sunset Hill (one of the highest elevation points in Minneapolis’ park system) at Valley View Park. At the top you’ll enjoy views of Sweeney Lake below and beautiful landscape before hopping on your sled for a long ride to the bottom.