Seven sure fire Northern Michigan sledding winners are in this Northern Michigan sled hill round up for Kids up North. Jump on!
Kiwanis Hill in Harbor Springs boasts some serious vertical, along with sled-shredding jumps along the edge of the woods, great walking trails that circle the property, and a warming hut available for rent (dirt cheap rent, we might add). Located just blocks from downtown at the end of Arbor Street.
Petoskey Winter Sports Park has a hill that works well for little ones (if you go halfway up) and great for beginner skiers or snowboarders too. Get tired of being a speed demon? For $5 you can rent ice skates and glide along the 170×300-foot rink that’s resurfaced daily. A warming house with a fireplace, restrooms, and concessions makes this a premium spot to spend a snowy day (or night: the place is lit). More info online.
Grace McDonald Park on Arbutus Road in East Bay Township is a perfect hill for easy riders; it’s not too steep, but has enough trees at the bottom to make things exciting. There’s plenty of parking, an ice rink, and hiking trails. eastbaytwp.org/parks.asp
Avalanche Mountain Preserve on Wilson Road in Boyne City even keeps loaner sleds (and skates) available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The hill is plenty big enough to elicit screams on the way down and the warming house will let you stay all day without fear of frostbite. gov.boynecity.com
Mount McSauba in Charlevoix offers sledders free access to their already cheap steeps (skiers can check it out for just $13 or $18, residency dependent). The hill is lit for night sledding, plus parents can chill with their Wi-Fi gadgets in the viewing lounge. It’s a bonus that it happens to look out over Lake Charelvoix. cityofcharlevoix.org
Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes is the only place in the Sleeping Bear Dunes that you can sled on and it’s a perfect spot to hit the slopes. With wide open areas and no trees in the middle of your path, this is a great hill to take your beginning sledders on, but it’s also for those that are a little more daring. More info online.
Don’t mind paying a few bucks and happen to hate the walk back up the hill? Check out the tubing facilities at resorts like Shanty Creek, Treetops, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. Tow ropes will pull you back up these extreme sled spots, where helmets are a must.