Release your inner Griswold with the 2013 sledding guide
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It looks like we won't have to dream of a white Christmas this year. And that means it's time to bring the sled down from the rafters – or up from the basement – 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.
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.
Brown Deer Park
7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
5400 S. Calhoun Rd.
7301 W. Courtland Ave.
12020 W. Bradley Rd.
4235 S. Lipton Ave.
Hales Corners Park
5765 S. New Berlin Rd.
1130 N. 60th St.
3614 N. Humboldt Blvd.
N104 W19809 Donges Bay Rd., Germantown
6561 N. Milwaukee Parkway
Next to the tennis courts across from McKinley Marina
9418 W. Washington St.
6001 S. 13th St.
8214 W. Cleveland Ave.
5400 N. 51st St.
524 S. Layton Blvd.
1500 E. Park Pl.
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy
St. Mary's Hill
2323 N. Lake Dr.
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. They are all lit daily from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., so don an extra layer and hit these hills before and after dark:
3535 N. Mayfair Rd.
3000 S. Howell Ave.
2677 S. 16th St.
5879 S. 92nd St.
Valley View Park, 5051 S. Sunnyslope Rd., also provides lighting for nighttime sledding fun.
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 who want to learn a little bit more about the science of sledding, check out this video from Dr. Chris Stockdale, associate professor and assistant department chair of physics at Marquette University. And for those who want to see Clark Griswold fling himself down a hill and halfway across town on a terrifyingly fast sled, well, we'll just leave this clip here.
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