This week winter finally arrived in Minnesota with a snowfall deep enough to bury every complaint snow lovers have made up until now. So, what to do now that we finally got the snow we wanted? Sled of course and here are the best sledding hills in the St. Cloud area.

  • Hester Park

    Two hills for the price of one! Okay, all of the hills on this list are free but you do have a selection at Hester Park. You even have stairs if you need help getting up one of those hills but the kids at Hester Park were having none of that. What they were having was a blast and if the volume of the screams is a measure of the fun of the hill, this is one fun hill!

    Ricky Woods
  • Calvary Hill Park

    Four-year-old Madison and her dad say Calvary Hill Park is one of the best sledding hills because the trees shade the hill so it holds the snow better. Luckily, all those trees have the smarts to stay off the hill so you won't run into them. Or, more likely, so Madison won't run into them. Do you see that glint in her eye? Madison is a serious hill shredder!

    Ricky Woods
  • Riverside Park

    The Martin boys and their dad like Riverside Park - another hill where you don't have to worry about taking out the trees (or the trees taking out you)! Plus, the scenery at Riverside Park is just so pretty. Plenty of parking and just a short walk to the hill - and that's important, you need to save your energy to get back up the hill.

    Ricky Woods
  • Sauk Rapids High School

    Who knew you could snowboard down a sledding hill? Tristin knew and he was buttering the Sauk Rapids High School hill. There's hill on every side of this hill (which sounds weird but it's actually kind of rare) giving sledders and boarders room to do their thing.

    Ricky Woods
  • Wilson Park

    If a good scare is what you go for in a sledding hill, Wilson Park has that hill. Look at the picture at the top of this page. That is a picture from the top of the Wilson Park hill. What you don't see is the bottom of the hill (or much of the middle either) and that's what makes it so scary. That and all those take-out-a-sledder trees. Beware of the jumps at the bottom too. Wilson Park delivers a triple whammy of sledding thrills and was our favorite hill of the bunch.

    Ricky Woods