It is never too early to prepare for winter by getting a game plan together for sledding, because once the snow hits, there are several popular locations to visit in Top of Utah.
As with all sports, sledding has its own inherent risks. There are numerous hills in Top of Utah frequented by sledding enthusiasts. But beware, some of those are on private property and have signs stating that sledding is not permitted. Before sledding on any private property, including schools and golf courses, be sure to get permission and of course, sled at your own risk.
Here are a few of the hot spots to cool down on a sled:
* Twin Hollow Park, at 1370 N. 900 East, Bountiful. Locals know it as Cheese Park, given the cheese-looking play structure that used to exist there. Though it is no longer there, the sledding hill still thrills.
* West Bountiful City Park at West 1600 North, West Bountiful. A smaller sledding hill for the not-so-brave of heart.
* Barton Ponds Park at 50 West and between 1186 and 1194 South in Kaysville. The park can be seen from the freeway and has a large hilly area.
* Mount Ogden Park, 3144 Taylor Ave. in Ogden has several smaller hills for kids, and bigger hills for the adventurous. An added bonus is the plentiful parking.
* Lomond View Park at 220 East Elberta Drive in Ogden, which is known for its long, gentle sloping sledding hill.
* Art Nord Trailhead, located on State Road 226 in Ogden, also known as the Old Snowbasin Road, is closed to traffic during the winter, turning it into the perfect sledding destination.
* The North Ogden Divide Trailhead at the top of the North Ogden Divide Canyon Road located about three miles up North Ogden Canyon road at the top with an ample parking lot next to the trailhead. The sledding hill is a hit for enthusiasts with the bumpy, almost roller-coaster-type sledding ride.
* The Northern end of Trappers Loop (Highway 167) between Mountain Green and Huntsville, sledding hills of all shapes and sizes abound, not to mention the view out over mountains.
* Rohmer Park at 5019 S. 600 West in Washington Terrace is a longtime favorite of locals.
* Utah State University on Old Main Hill at 700 East, has been a classic for young and old, using all sorts of interesting contraptions to get down to the bottom where the bales of hay aid in preventing sleds and their riders from entering the street.
If you are looking for a sledding hill with a tow rope, it comes with a price.
But it doesn't get any better than Snowbasin's tubing hill, available in single-ride, triple-ride, six-ride, or unlimited day passes.
The tubing hill is open on weekends and holidays during the ski season from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with four hills of varying ability levels.