Eager sledders flock to Bum's Hollow on a snowy day.Photo courtesy St. Charles Parks.
Although just an inch or two of snow on even the most modest of grades can result in big fun, clearly not all hills were created equal. Here are some of Sprout's best bets for sledding in the St. Louis area.
Art Hill in Forest Park, St. Louis Can a serious discussion about sledding in St. Louis begin with any location other than Art Hill in Forest Park? We think not. Through the years, Art Hill – located in front of the St. Louis Art Museum – has become the area's most beloved sledding locale thanks to a slope that is nearly as wide as it is long, allowing mobs of kids (and kids-at-heart) to tackle the sprawling hill with plenty of elbow room. The hill is steep enough to be exhilarating but not extreme enough to disqualify younger thrill seekers. Art Hill is located at 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110.
Bum's Hollow in Blanchette Park, St. Charles Located at the rear of Blanchette Park, Bum's Hollow is perhaps the most popular sledding destination in St. Charles County. Its bowl shape boasts hills of varying grades and can accommodate hundreds of sledders at a time. Bum's Hollow is located at 1900 West Randolph St., St. Charles, MO, 63301.
Deer Creek Park, Maplewood Tucked away next to the small Deer Creek Park in Maplewood is a short-but-steep hill that attracts a lot of local families. Located on the east end of North Forest Avenue, the hill's impressive grade and multiple "dips" make for an exhilaratingly fast ride. The hill is located on the east end of North Forest Avenue, next to Deer Creek Park (located at 3200 Laclede Station Road, Maplewood, MO, 63143). Note that Kellogg Park in Maplewood boasts a sledding hill as well.
Glidden Park, Collinsville Sitting on 30-acres, the Glidden Park sled hill is a family favorite on the Illinois side of the river, providing hours of winter fun. When the ground is frozen and more than two inches of snow are on the ground, the hill is open for sledding. It's a steep climb to the top, but it is well worth it for the thrill ride to the bottom. Pack a plastic sled or inner tube because wooden sleds and sleds with metal runners are not permitted. Sled hill is located across the road from the Junior Service Pavilion and the in-line hockey rink. Glidden Park is located at Branch and Lebanon Streets in Collinsville, IL, 62234.
Suson Park, South St. Louis County The length of the sledding hill in Suson Park is impressive, but the grade is a little lacking. Nevertheless, it's always packed with sledding families after a snowfall, and is a great choice for younger kids and the faint of heart. Suson Park is located at 6073 Wells Road, St. Louis, MO, 63128.
Sioux Passage Park, Unincorporated North St. Louis County The hill just south of the basketball court in this St. Louis County park has been dubbed "The Man Maker" by cross country runners who tackle it at local track meets. But while running up the hill is no picnic, sledding down it is a blast. The hill is long and steep and – at least compared to Art Hill and Blanchette Park – is usually not very crowded. Sioux Passage Park is located at 17930 Old Jamestown Rd., Florissant, MO, 63034.
Polar Plunge Tubing Area, Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Wildwood What happens if you have the itch to sled but Mother Nature isn't cooperating? Considering the above-average temperatures St. Louis has seen, it's a valid concern. Luckily, as long as the nights are good and cold, Hidden Valley Ski Resort will create the snow for Mother Nature. They'll also groom the runs and provide you with use of their carpet lift. For $26 you can tube for 3 hours. Hidden Valley Ski Resort is located at 17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Wildwood, MO, 63025. Call the snow report hotline before heading out: 636-938-6999.
Looking for even more fun on a snow day? St. Charles County Parks offers organized activities at Quail Ridge Park on days when school is cancelled due to winter weather. The program is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on a hillside near the park's entrance when there is adequate snow and the temperatures are not too cold. Activities include a scavenger hunt, snowman building and snow relays. For more information call 636-949-7535.
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