Winter Family Fun: Sledding Hills in Summit County

Posted by: admin January 20th, 2016

Carter-Park-SleddingIf you’re visiting the high country with children it can become quite a hassle to organize and wrangle them every morning to get on the ski hill. You’ve got to make sure they’re all bundled up, have all the correct gear and know where to ski and where not to ski to name just a few. For one or maybe two days this is tolerable, but for a week’s long vacation it’s just a chore. So, why not do something different and tackle one of Summit County’s sledding hills near our Frisco hotel? The following are some of the more popular hills to take the kiddos (and you may just have fun yourself). Just remember that you must have your own sled, the hills are not groomed or supervised and you do have to walk back up the hill after descending (there are no lifts or magic carpets).

Carter Park (Breckenridge)

Breckenridge’s most popular sledding hill resides at Carter Park, at the end of High Street on the East side of Main Street. During the summer months the park has picnic tables, a gas grill, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a dog park, sand volleyball courts and a recreation field, but in the winter it turns in to a great place to sled.

Carter Park also offers winter amenities including a gas fireplace, heated public restrooms and an indoor heated gathering area to enjoy.

Rainbow-Park-Sledding-Silverthorne-COFrisco Adventure Park (Frisco)

The Frisco Adventure Park is just a short walk from our Frisco bed & breakfast and offers a slew of activities for the entire family. The adults may enjoy the tubing hill, beginner ski/ride hill, Nordic trails and snowshoe trails, but the kids will get a kick out of sledding on the small hill just off the Nordic Center parking lot.

If the adults don’t want to play in the snow, there is a 4,000 square foot Day Lodge that boasts a fireplace, comfortable seating, a Café that serves food, snacks and adult beverages and accessible public restrooms.

Rainbow Park (Silverthorne)

Head on down I-70 to the Town of Silverthorne and give Rainbow Park a try. The Rainbow Park Sledding Hill is the perfect place for families to play together as it encompasses an assortment of pitches and heights suitable for all ages. The sledding hill surrounds a multi-purpose field which is the perfect place for building snowmen or involving yourself in an ever-popular snowball fight.

The adjacent Recreation Center offers public restrooms, a lobby to warm up in and a snack shop to purchase some tasty treats for the hungry little ones. And, as an added bonus, the Rainbow Park playground is accessible in the winter as well. Give it a try … the giant slide is a lot faster with a coating of snow on it!

Summerwood (Dillon)

The steepest sledding hill in Summit County resides off of Highway 6 as you’re heading to Keystone from the Frisco Lodge. This hill is not for the faint of heart, but if you decide to tackle its serious incline, you will most likely get seriously winded walking back up the hill.

Photos courtesy of the Town of Silverthorne and the Summit Daily.