Ski-jumping’s way cooler

Sledding I moved to Providence in part BECAUSE OF the snow — mixed with the hills. I was a passionate sledder in my youth, having grown up in a particularly hilly corner of the Maryland suburbs of DC. I have great memories of snow-days past: The 9th-grade ice-storm that had school closed for a whole week, and finals postponed. The bootstrap snow-shoveling racket my best friend and I pushed on all our parents’ friends. The dried-up creek beds that we used to fancy as bobsled tracks — you’d actually go horizontal on their walls if you had enough momentum.

But for its climate, the city of seven hills doesn’t have much great sledding. Moses Brown is decent, but staid and overrun. (Though the perfect slope and length for a sled-jump.)

The ideal scenario is to sled down the sidewalks of College Hill — when the snow is plowed up against the street side, and what snow was on the sidewalk proper has been shoveled towards the property line, and the concrete’s all iced up. (You need a good look-out.) It captures some of that bobsled effect.

But you can’t wander through life longing for perfection.

So what are your sledding mainstays? I’ll understand if you don’t want to share, and risk their commercialization.

3 thoughts on “Ski-jumping’s way cooler”

  1. India Point Park has a great slope. Oh, wait, they have a highway instead now.

  2. you clearly didn’t see the crowd outside our house on thursday night. sledding down meeting to congdon, then down the meeting street stairs all the way to benefit, perhaps n. main. takes bethesda any day. also, are you referencing Avenel of its big hilled front yards, richyrichmcjewerstein? also i think the snow storm you reference as taking place during 9th grade was 3rd grade for me. blizzard of ’96?

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