By: Sara Walters

The holidays (and hopefully the cold snap) are over.

It’s time to bundle up the kiddos and get outside. Enjoy the longest season of the year with a timeless, fun-for-all ages activity…SLEDDING! Wear your children out with this comprehensive weekend itinerary of sledding locations in La Crosse and the surrounding areas.

Friday

Friday Night Lights

Hold on tight for a wild ride at Van Riper Park in Onalaska. This local favorite is the perfect Friday night destination because the park’s southern portion has a lighted recreation hill.

Saturday

Hometown Hill

Live a little closer to Holmen? Try out Deer Wood Park for your sledding needs. This park is a popular destination in all seasons, but is worth the trip, even in the snow.

Sparta Slopes

Hit the sledding hills of Justin Trails if you’re looking for a great large-group destination. This Sparta resort opens at 10am daily and offers two hills—one for brave speed demons and one for the littles looking for a longer ride. You can bring your own tube or use those provided. Trail passes are only $5 for the day and kids under five are free. An added bonus is the use of the warming house, complete with snacks and bathrooms. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a winter birthday with special rates for groups—just be sure to call ahead!

Sunday

Tow-Rope Tubing

Do your kids lose interest in walking up the hill after a few runs? Then try Whitetail Ridge Ski Area for your family sledding trip. This recreational area is located near Fort McCoy and has an 800-foot hill with a tow rope. There are five different runs to enjoy, but heads up that sledders must either be 38 inches tall or have a waiver signed by a parent. The hill opens at 12pm on Sundays and there are day passes, as well as season passes, available. Plan to stick around for lunch and enjoy the nearby Chalet, too.

Sara Walters

Sara Walters

Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie. Check out her website at creativecontentandconsulting.com.

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