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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sledding in the Albany Area

You've shoveled it, you've slipped in it, you've driven in it and your socks have gotten wet in it. It's now time to enjoy some time in the snow.

There are a lot of options for some RnR in the white stuff. There's downhill skiing, XC skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing or - one of my favorites - sledding. You really don't have to be a little kid to enjoy sledding. All it takes is about $20 for a good sled or snow tube (I prefer the latter) and some child-like, adventurous gumption to slide your 20/30/40/50/60/70/80-something self over that big, slightly scary, sometimes bumpy hill.

There are a lot of options for sledding locations. Have a peek:


Lincoln Park, near the public pool: the three-level hill is on the Metroland to-do list so ya gotta do it

Capitol Hills Golf Course, off New Scotland Ave: I'm told there is a nearby restaurant too to warm up

Westland Hills Park, off of Central Ave

Clifton Park

Van Patten Golf Course, on Main Street

Jewett Park, off Longkill Rd: Take Exit 10 to Ushers Rd, take Left (if northbound) onto Ushers Rd. Follow to end and turn right onto Longkill Rd. The hill is about 3/4 of a mile on the right hand side. Described as a large hill into a bowl.


Sand Creek Middle School, off Sand Creek Road


Fire Tower driveway, off Fire Tower Rd: Take Babcock Lake Rd., turn onto Fire Tower Rd and the driveway for the tower is on the left before the end of the road. Walk up the hill to go to the fire tower then sled down.


Tawasentha Park, off Rt 146: The Winter Recreational Area (just one parking lot down from the park) requires a town permit - which I believe is $10 - but there is access to a hill and some trails.

Lake Luzerne

Tubby Tubes: one of several area recreational hills/mountains that offer snow tubing


Frear Park, take Oakwood and drive up hill to parking lot near tennis courts: with a nearby pub/restaurant for warming, multiple sledding hill levels, nearby XC ski trails, and street lights for night sledding

Spring Little League hill, off Spring Ave: right across from the Spring Little League field there is a hill. It's right near the road so sled at your own risk.

Oakwood Cemetery: I'm reading that people - at least used to - sled down the hill from Oakwood to Lansingburgh

ALSO also listed these. Visit Lake George listed these. This is a list of Schenectady sledding spots. And there is actually a NYS list of sledding hills which could use a few more recommendations. Also, feel free to share your favorite spots on here or on my Facebook page.


Blogger Michelle said...

If you're looking for sledding hills, check out for a map of local hills including ratings for steepness, obstructions, popularity, and parking. You can also add your own hills for others to locate and enjoy. Happy sledding!

December 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM 

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