While we are getting some glimpses of “fake spring” around here, winter is far from being over (I think??) and there’s still time for some serious snow to hit us across the country. While we are no big “party planners”, we do love to have a good time with people from our community. And we think one of the best ways to do that in the winter is a community sledding party.
The local sledding hill also happens to be about a half block from our house…perfect for getting rid of serious pent-up kid energy! Every year, we help organize and be a part of a community sledding party and chili feed. It’s been the most well-attended event for our little community for the entire year. And let’s just say the sledding is NOT just for the kids!
Since we get lots of questions about how we make it successful, I thought I would share our simple plan here. The best thing about a sledding party is that as long as you have snow, the rest of it doesn’t matter a whole lot!
What we do:
- Prepare people to come ready in their warm gear – all activities are held outside.
- Have a chili contest/potluck. If people aren’t bringing chili, they are encouraged to bring toppings and/or bread for dipping. We provide small bowls (so you can taste a lot of kinds) + spoons.
- This year we also had hot chocolate courtesy of Xanterra, who runs the local concessions for Yellowstone.
- We also have a bonfire going and S’More ingredients available (again, thanks to a donation. This time from the local grocery store).
- The local fire department provides the lights on the hill (this is always an evening event).
- We do a sled giveaway…which makes it even more fun! This year SportsStuff sponsored with a HUGE awesome tube that everyone had a kick with.
A couple tips:
- Require helmets for sledders
- Set aside a safe walking up zone marked off with cones
- Plan in January/February to have the best chance of good snow (depending on where you are, of course!)
Our sled winner was pretty excited….
Check out some more SportsStuff sleds here. We think they’re pretty awesome!
Do you party on the sledding hill?! We want to hear your tips too!
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