6 Hills You and Your Sled Won’t Want to Miss
By Pan Thao
There is no reason to dread winter in Wisconsin thanks to all of the activities in Eau Claire, and one of the best ones we have is sledding! Whatever type of sledding adventure you may be looking for this winter, Eau Claire has got you covered. So put on your coat and boots, and grab that plastic saucer of yours because these six sledding hills will surely keep you entertained until spring arrives.
1. Forest Hill (AKA Seven Bumps or Dead Man’s Hill)
This is a hidden gem and a favorite for many locals. It sits oh-so-quietly on the East Side Hill next to the Forest Hill Cemetery, but I promise, it’s not too spooky. Bring your sled or snowboard and check out this gentle slope that's perfect for everyone.
2. Oakwood Hills Park
If you’re looking for something over by Oakwood Mall, swing by Oakwood Hills Park on Golf Road. It’s small enough for the younger kids while still offering a bit of a thrill for the older ones. Even the parents shouldn't be afraid to go down this one.
3. Pinehurst Hill
They aren’t lying when they say Pinehurst Hill is the mother of all sledding hills. This old ski hill is a favorite, as you literally rocket down trying to dodge trees and any moving object. Just be careful on your walk up and as you sled down, and make sure to cushion your landing! Check out Winter After Hours for some late-night sledding while the hill is all lit up. There are also plenty of other winter activities you'll have to check out at Pinehurst.
4. Putnam Prairie
Putnam Prairie has quite the slope, and it's quite underrated. You can work your way through the Putnam Park trail (past Putnam Rock) until you get to the small prairie area, placing you at the bottom of the hill. Then the only way left is up! (And then back down of course). This is one hill you will probably get all to yourself, so get a group and start your adventure.
If you're in the Pinehurst Park area, but aren't quite up to facing that iconic hill, no worries. There is a much smaller alternative. The hill behind Northstar Middle School is close by, but offers a much smaller slope. Since you won’t have to climb up quite as far, you’ll get to make more trips down until your cheeks get rosy and your toes are almost numb. So worth it.
Behind the baseball field at Delong Middle School, you’ll find plenty of space for sledding, so round up your family and friends for a thrill on the hill! It’s not too steep, but it’s still perfect for that joyride with maybe a few bumps to surprise you on the way down.
Make the most of the beautiful Wisconsin snow this winter and don’t forget to pre-plan your go-to coffee shop for warming up with hot cocoa afterward. Keep warm and sled on.
Don't forget to commemorate your day on the slopes with lots of pictures, and share them with us using #CaptureEC.