Release your inner Griswold with the 2012 sledding guide
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Winter is here (believe it or not), which means it's time to bring the sled down from the rafters – or up from the basement – and wax up the bottom and make sure the handles are tight.
OnMilwaukee.com is happy to provide you with a list of some of the best hills in the county, which will soon be covered with snow, children and some really big kids who haven't quite grown up yet.
Look below for an interesting video produced by Marquette University's Dr. Chris Stockdale, an associate professor of physics who helps new (and seasoned) sledders get it right.
You can hit the hills at any of the sledding spots listed below during the day, and then take advantage of the area parks' lighted hills if you're not quite ready to come in when the street lights come on.
7301 W. Courtland Ave.
12020 W. Bradley Rd.
4235 S. Lipton Ave.
Hales Corners Park
5765 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners
1130 N 60th St.
3614 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Donges Bay Road & Preserve Parkway, Germantown
Next to the tennis courts across from McKinley Marina
9418 W. Washington St.
6001 S. 13th St.
2567 S. 79th St.
5400 N. 51st St.
524 S. Layton Blvd.
1500 E. Park Pl.
St. Mary's Hill
2323 N. Lake Dr.
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy
Valley View Park
5051 S. Sunnyslope Rd., New Berlin
Wilson Recreation Park
4001 S. 20th St.
The Milwaukee County Parks once again provide lighting at the following sledding sites, so don an extra layer and hit these hills before and after dark:
Brown Deer Park
7835 N. Green Bay Rd.; lighted until 8 p.m.
3535 N. Mayfair Rd.; lighted until 9 p.m.
3000 S. Howell Ave.; lighted until 8 p.m.
2677 S. 16th St.; lighted until 10 p.m.
5879 S. 92nd St.; lit until 10 p.m.
Whitnall Park traditionally keeps its clubhouse open for sledders from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, so warm up with a cup of hot cocoa before, during or after the fun.
For those parents who will be bringing new sledders to the hills, or for those veterans who want to brush up on the skills, Marquette's Dr. Chris Stockdale imparts some lessons in the following video.
If you do it right, then maybe you can unleash your inner Griswold!
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