Don’t get struck by lightning while sledding, but…

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It’s going to be WILD out there tomorrow. With all the snow coming down tomorrow morning during the thunder storm, we’re thinking there’s a pretty good chance for some decent sledding, if not SKIING.

So, where should you head to, and what’s your weapon of choice?

I did a little internet surfing and WeLoveDC author surveying, and here’s what we came up with (but disclaimer, do not trespass! Please check any signs and be cautious of your boundaries, and ESPECIALLY of oncoming traffic, duh).

Sledding Hills by Location

In the city:

  • Meridian Hill Park (NW, U Street) *Recommended by WLDC Author Tom
  • Fort Reno (NW by American U.)
  • 3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW (NW, Cleveland Park)
  • Georgetown University’s old school of dentistry (NW, Burleith)

Northern VA:

  • Iwo Jima (Arlington) *Recommended by WLDC Author Katie
  • Mt. Reston (Reston)
  • Suicide Hill (Alexandria – Martha Custis Dr. & Preston Rd)
  • Hill at Mason District Park (Annandale)
  • GW Masonic Temple (Alexandria)
  • Fairfax County: Best Local Sledding Hills[pdf] (Official!)
  • Special recommendation from WLDC’s John: “I’ve always always always wanted to take the MASSIVE hill down Walter Reed that hits the bottom at 4 mile run near Shirlington. It’s more or less a ski ramp. You’d need traffic control as you don’t want to cross the intersection with an oncoming snow plow, but regardless, it would be AWESOME.”

Improvised Sledding Vessels

  • Trash bag
  • Trash can lid
  • Laundry basket
  • Skis
  • Large cookie sheet?
  • Cafeteria tray (… if only)
  • Last resort: sled

Where else??? What else??? Tell us.

Cathy was fortunate to spend a year in Paris – traveling to all surrounding countries and touring all that is worthy. Upon realizing that there is no place like home (she does hail from Kansas City – but did not click her heels to get back – thank you, Air France), she returned to America where she set out to explore every last inch of our massive country. From her base in the nation’s capital, she has worked in marketing and event planning for the past 4 years. Mail any and all DC related tips to Cathy (at) WeLoveDC (dot) com.

11 thoughts on “Don’t get struck by lightning while sledding, but…

  1. I’ve done the AU amphitheater. It’s not much of a hill, but it’s one helluva a ride haha

  2. The kids in my neighborhood sled down a hill into the street. Yes, their parents are there and watch on. Yes, I have almost hit some that sledded out in front of my car. Yes, I honked. Yes, the parents gave me rude looks.

    These parents made kids who are trying to be selected against and the parents are trying to help.

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  4. You forgot Battery Kemble park, between MacArthur and Foxhall. HUGE hills. I suspect Glover-Archbold park, nearby, is also good, but haven’t tried it.

  5. Your Fairfax County link is broken.

    Another DC location, though, is 13th St NW next to Cardozo HS. I wouldn’t try it after just any storm, but after the fifth largest recorded snowfall in DC (February 2003) traffic was shut down to the extent that kids were sledding past Florida Ave. at the bottom of the hill.

  6. Battery Kemble in NW is awesome

    Fort Bayard on Western Ave in NW and the hill in front of Wesley Theological Seminary on Mass Ave are pretty good as well

  7. The hill at the Ft. Reno reservoir along Fessenden NW is good – plus there’s the added thrill of sledding between the parked cars at the bottom across the street into the alley.

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  9. Takoma Park Middle School on Piney Branch Ave. has a wonderful sledding hill. By late afternoon there will be teenagers on snowboards building jumps, alongside many small children on the bunny slopes, and everyone in between. It’s about a mile from Takoma Metro (14/24 Ride On bus, once it’s running again).