Sledders pack Kansas City area's best hills - KCTV5

Sledders pack Kansas City area's best hills

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No matter where you decide to sled in the metro, make sure to pick a safe spot with a safe place to land at the end.  If it is on private property, make sure to ask for permission. No matter where you decide to sled in the metro, make sure to pick a safe spot with a safe place to land at the end. If it is on private property, make sure to ask for permission.
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

With all the doom and gloom about the snow, KCTV5 decided to check out the best places to sled in Kansas City.

Let's start at the Kansas City staple known as "Suicide Hill," which gets its name because it is a place sleds "come to die."

"I guess the name says it all. I have a daredevil. He thought he wanted to come to the biggest hill that I knew of, so this was it," Jaci Hake said.

Every year, people flock to "Suicide Hill" at Brookside Park near East 56th Street and Brookside Boulevard.

"I'm not aware of any other great hills, so we went with a classic," Tiffany Nelson said.

Six-and-a-half-year-old Wesley Nelson took it easy on his recent visit to "Suicide Hill" because this was the first time he got to sled all by himself.

"We just knew this was the hill to go to. We live in Midtown, and this is what we always heard to go to. He is just finally old enough where I'm not nervous to let him go down by himself," Tiffany Nelson said.

If the Hake family isn't at "Suicide Hill," they enjoy sledding at Westwood Park in Kansas.

Other popular parks for sledding are Gillham Park on Gillham Road from 39th Street and Brush Creek Boulevard and Wyandotte County Lake Park near 91st Street and Leavenworth Road.

The tiny "experts" say any good sled hill has the basics like steep hills and lots of snow.

Going downhill is hands down the best part of the sledding experience.  Going uphill, well, not as fun.  Unless you are like 4-year-old Brin, whose mom does the heavy lifting, pulling her up the hill.

Many organizations have compiled a list of sledding spots in almost every city in the metro.  Click here or here for more information.

For Missouri sled riding locations, click here.  For Kansas locations, click here.

No matter where you decide to sled in the metro, make sure to pick a safe spot with a safe place to land at the end. If it is on private property, make sure to ask for permission.

Happy sledding!

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