The first snowstorm of 2022 – and the biggest in the area since 2019 – left many hills blanketed with snow making it tempting for sledders, but it’s important to know how to sled safely first.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) shared a list of tips to avoid landing in the emergency room.
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How to choose a hill to sled on:
- Find a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom to glide to a stop.
- Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.
- Make sure the bottom of any sledding hill is far from streets, traffic and frozen or partially frozen ponds, lakes or creeks.
- Avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences, or other hazards.
- Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks, poles, or trees.
- Choose hills that are snowy rather than icy to avoid hard landings that can cause injury.
- Always sled during the daytime.
How to choose a sled:
- Use equipment that is sturdy and avoid anything with sharp and jagged edges.
- Look for energy-absorbing pads on sled seats.
- Examine handholds on sleds to be sure they are secure.
- Ensure sleds and toboggans have steering devices that work easily and don’t jam.
- Only sled feet first while sitting up to avoid any head injuries.
- Sledders of ages 12 and under should wear a helmet, especially ones designed for winter sports if possible.
- Never ride in a sled pulled by a motorized vehicle.
Now put these tips to use by checking out a list of the best sledding hills recommended by Montgomery Parks.
Where to sled:
- Avenel Local Park
- Ayrlawn Local Park
- Damascus Recreational Park (hillside near tennis court parking lot on Kings Valley Road)
- Hillmead Neighborhood Park
- Long Branch-Wayne Local Park (off of University Blvd.)
- Norwood Local Park
- Pilgrim Hills Local Park
- South Germantown Recreational Park (hill behind Field F and hillside between Mooseum and TennisPlex)
- Stratton Local Park
- Tilden Woods Local Park
- Woodacre’s Local Park
“We want residents to enjoy our parks year-round, in all weather, and snow provides another opportunity for fun outdoor recreation,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks in a press release. “We encourage everyone to be safe and use caution while sledding because snow can hide rocks, limbs, and other hazards.”