Snow day season is upon us! With every call for snow in the forecast, kids all over Metro Detroit put on their pajamas inside-out eagerly awaiting the call announcing that school is canceled. When that call comes, it’s off to the races to make the first tracks on the biggest, fastest sledding hill in town.
As a parent, you want to be ready to deliver on the snow day of your child’s dreams. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best sledding locations in Metro Detroit. Your kids are ready. Now, you will be too.
Along with a variety of outdoor recreation including hiking trails and a skating rink, Beverly Hills Village Park offers one of the best sled hills in Metro Detroit. On the fourth Sunday in January, you can enjoy the activities with warm drinks and snacks by the fire.
Located on the west side of Welch Road just south of the Township Wastewater Treatment Plant, Snowy Ridge was made specifically for sledding, so the surface is perfect for smooth and safe runs all day long. With a parking area directly beside the hill, you’ll be flying through the snow as soon as you’re bundled up and ready to go.
While Detroit may not be known for its hilly landscape, the Detroit Riverfront offers a perfect snow day getaway at the foot of Milliken State Park’s Outdoor Adventure Center. Enjoy a gorgeous view of the Ren-Cen while you spend hours in the pristine, powdery snow. For bunny hills – ideal for younger children – head to Robert Valade Park a little farther down the Riverfront. There’s ample parking for both options.
Located all throughout the state, Michigan’s Metroparks combine natural beauty with ample space for year-round outdoor activities. Annual passes cost just $35, but you can also purchase individual day passes for $10 (charged per vehicle). Once inside, you have full access to endless trails for snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing, and of course, perfect sledding hills. Check out one of these local Metroparks for an ideal snow day experience: Stony Creek, Kensington, Lake Erie Metropark, Lake St. Clair, Willow, Indian Springs.