The Great Northern Michigan Sled Hill Round Up for Kids Up North

Six 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). petoskey.us/departments/parks-a-recreation

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.com

Totally Tubular
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. shantycreek.com tubing treetops.com, boyne.com

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Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    On the North Face of Schuss Mountain in Cedar River Village is the 600 foot, 5-lane tubing park with handle tow lifts back to the top. And it’s never too crowded because they monitor the number of folks tubing.

    http://www.shantycreek.com/winter/tubing.php