Finally, we have snow! Some people have been waiting months for these conditions. Take advantage of our recent snowfall at one of these locations.
The National Safety Council Tips for Safer Sledding and Tobogganing gives tips for sledding safely. The correct position for sledding is to lie on your back, or sit on the sled, with your feet facing down the hill. Sledding head first increases the risk of injury.
Check out these area sledding hills:
Braewood Park, 1001 Gaslight Dr., is a popular hill. High Hill Park and Nature Preserve, 501 Kirkland, has nice vistas. Spella Park, 2610 Harnish Drive, has great views, a fast hill, lights and a warming element.
Willow Stream Park, 600 Farrington Road, offers an unsupervised sled hill that is lighted at the top, until 10:30 p.m.
Sled from dawn to dusk at Lions Park, Silver Lake Road, north of Three Oaks Road.
The Crystal Lake Park District has something for everyone with four sledding hills. Veterans Park, Rte. 176 at Walkup Ave., has two hills – the Babe Ruth Hill is lighted and there is a smaller unlit hill south of the Nature Center.
Four Colonies, Sarasota Lane, south of Barlina Road, has a small sledding hill, ideal for younger children.
The fourth sledding hill is at Butternut Preserve, off Butternut Drive, east of Briarwood Road.
Converse Park, Rte. 176, west of N. Darrell Road, offers a high, lighted hill.
Blair Park Sled Hill, 355 W. Washington, has lights and is open until 9 p.m.
There is no official sledding hill in Lake Forest, but many people use a hill at Deerpath Golf Course, 500 W. Deerpath.
Sledding is available until dusk at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road. The hill is unsupervised and not lighted.
Adler Park, 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., has a lighted sled hill. The park also has a warming shelter, concession stand and rest rooms.
There is a scenic sledding hill at Old School Forest Preserve, St. Mary's Road, south of Rte. 176.
Scenic sledding is offered at Margreth Riemer Reservoir, Wood, Quentin and Palatine roads; and at Robert "Dutch" Schultz Recreation Area, 512 Northwest Hwy.
The McHenry County Conservation District has a sledding hill at Glacial Park, off Rte. 31 and Harts Road.
Hart's Hill, a Round Lake Area Park District sledding hill, is located at 814 Hart Road. The lighted hill is open until 9 p.m.
Lakewood Forest Preserve Winter Sports Area, at Fairfield and Ivanhoe roads, offers a large, lighted hill.