When I decided to write this post, I wasn’t sure whether to call this popular winter activity ‘sledding’ or ‘sliding.’ I usually call it ‘sliding,’ but a quick internet search confirmed that both terms were acceptable. So I did what any great writer would do; I took a Facebook poll on my personal page and asked my friends what term they used. The result? The term ‘sledding’ won by a land-slide. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
I have fond memories of winters as a child, sledding down our hilly driveway and making holes in snowbanks trying to create forts.
I never minded winter then. It is possible that I may have even liked it. But, as I grew up, any magic I saw in the season disappeared. This was most likely a product of needing to drive on slippery roads and the unavoidable snow blowing and shoveling.
Then, I had children.
The last year and a half or so, seeing winter through the eyes of my young children has revived the magic of the season for me, even after Christmas is over. I am beginning to look forward to participating in the same winter activities my children enjoy.
The pure joy on their faces warms my heart. I desperately try to hang on to the moments of fun while playing in the snow with them.
Now that my youngest is mobile and (kind of) listens to me, I decided that maybe I should bring my children sledding.
This past holiday break, we dug the sled out of our shed and I headed to a popular, local sledding spot with the kids.
Both of my children were in their glory as they took turns in the sled, cruising down the hill. At the bottom, their excitement was evident and they begged for turn after turn.
I can still see my son, pulling his sister up the hill, huffing and puffing with a brilliant smile. I also have mental images of my daughter running after her brother sledding down the hill, bundled up marshmallow style. At times, the snow causing her toddler ‘waddle’ to give out and make her collapse in giggles on the ground. These are some of my favorite memories ever.
I think it is safe to say my children love sledding and that I need to buy another sled.
Seeing that I did not grow up in Vermont, this experience motivated me to ask where else I can take my children sledding. Who better to ask than my fellow BVTMB writers?
My inquiries resulted in the compilation of the following list, which I am more than happy to share with you! I hope it is a great resource for you and your family!
– Burlington Country Club, Burlington
I hadn’t thought about a golf course for sledding before. Maybe because I don’t play golf, but it makes so much sense!
– Landry Park, Winooski
The hill at Landry Park is popular for sledding, but there’s also an ice skating rink when weather conditions allow. There is plenty of winter fun to be had here!
– Albert D. Lawton School, Essex Junction
This is where I took my children sledding. I especially liked it because you can slide on pretty much any side of the hill. One side is steeper than the other two, giving you some options and allowing those sledding to spread out a bit.
– Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho
– Mills Riverside Park, Jericho
You can venture to either of these locations for some great sledding before or after enjoying other sights and eateries in Jericho.
– Casey’s Hill, Underhill
Just beyond Jericho, if you’re traveling east, this popular sledding place is on Pleasant Valley Road in Underhill. After doing some research, I have found that there are really two hills. I have also discovered that some people recommend you consider the age of your child before deciding to take your sleds here because the hills are very fast, and the larger of the two is also very steep. It appeals to many, especially those with school-aged kids.
– Post Office Hill, Shelburne
Part of the LaPlatte Nature Park, families with kids of all ages flock to this hill with their sleds. It is directly behind the post office in Shelburne, making it very easy to locate.
– Hard’ack Recreation Area, St., Albans
This recreation area is popular for sledding, snowboarding and skiing. However, you probably want to check their Facebook page to be sure the hill is open for activities if the weather hasn’t been consistently snowy.
– Old Round Church Sledding Hill, Richmond
Personally, I’ve never stopped and walked around the Old Round Church itself, and now it’s on my list of places to explore. However, I love the picturesque view as I drive by! Apparently, although the hill is short, it is steep enough to slide down and many people enjoy the sledding here year after year. There are also plenty of places to eat afterward. Chances are, you’ll be on the prowl for something warm to ingest and, I’ve been told, a hot cocoa from Sweet Simone’s or a pizza from One Radish would do the trick!