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Sledding Hills in Minneapolis and St. Paul


Minneapolis might be the bigger, and some say better, of the Twin Cities. But St. Paul is better in at least one respect: hills. And when the snow falls, the most sledding spots are in the STP. Minneapolis has two designated sledding spots, while St. Paul has 14.

So while the local terrain is mostly flat, there are plenty of fun hills in St. Paul, Minneapolis and around the metro area too. Here's a rundown of sledding hills in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities.

1. City Parks in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation designate two sites as official sledding hills.

Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis is one of the steepest hills.

Theodore Wirth Park, west of downtown Minneapolis, has a sledding hill with a tow rope.

Matthews Park, Powderhorn Park, Fuller Park, Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center and Beard's Plaisance are unofficial and perhaps hazardous (trees, lakes, other obstacles) sledding hills. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board recognizes that sledding takes place at these parks, and wants you to know that it is at your own risk.

2. City Parks in St. Paul

Fourteen St. Paul parks have designated sledding hills, some gentle, some steep. The best is the city is Battle Creek park, a steep hill that's lit for sledding until 9 p.m.

3. Minikahda Vista Park, St Louis Park

Minikahda Vista Park has a long, fairly sleep, wide open hill. Elsewhere in St. Louis Park, Oak Hill Park is popular with families. And the city of St. Louis Park has 10 more parks with what it calls "sliding hills".

4. Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Vadnais Heights

Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park has a sledding hill, conveniently right by the park's Snail Lake parking lot.

5. Manitou Ridge, White Bear Lake

There are two hills at this golf course, one slower and smooth, the other faster with bumps.From the golf course parking lots, the hills are behind the club house.

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