By Alethea Pape, Yahoo! Sports
Just 90 miles north of New York City is the Hudson Valley Region. This mountainous area turns into a winter playground for sports enthusiasts. You’ll have plenty of space to let your inner kid come out and play in the snow. Hill slopes are for all levels. The parks are free from street traffic, so sledders can stop safely as the slope gently levels.
This list rates the sledding hills from least busy to busiest.
Fancher-Davidge Park: Lake Avenue, Middletown, N.Y.
The city of Middletown has over 162 acres in its park system. During the winter the slopping fields are used for sledding. There are several small parks in the system like, Fancher-Davidge and Maple Hill Parks. There are varying grades of steepness. These parks all have pretty gentle hills. Fancher-Davidge park also has a separate area for snow tubing. Not far from Fancher-Davidge Park, Maple Hill Park has an area for ice skating. There are so many parks in Middletown that no single park gets too crowded.
Mamakating Park: Mamakating Road, Bloomingburg, N.Y.
This park is a large open area surrounded by wooded trails. It is 103 acres in a mountainous area near the Bashakill Wildlife System. The Mamakating Park has a nice hill with about a 900-foot run. The park is well known by locals and doesn’t get too crowded. Its set far away from the road with plenty of parking.
Burger Hill Park: 9W, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Burger Hill Park is a popular sledding spot that overlooks the Hudson River. The park is 76 acres with a 550-foot hilltop. This park offers some breathtaking views. Be prepared to hike to the sledding hills. Burger Hill is popular for its rugged terrain and advanced trails. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. This busy park is popular with hikers and rock climbers as it is close to the famous Shawangunk Ridge.
Holiday Mountain: 99 Holiday Mountain Drive, Monticello, N.Y.
This is a popular ski destination in the Hudson Valley region. This ski resort has seven groomed trails, two chalets and an arcade. There are slopes for all levels. Next to the chalets are hills for sledding and snow tubing. The hills are steep with packed snow so sledders can pick up speed.
Upstate New York offers several places to go winter sledding. There are several sledding hills within 10 to 20 miles of one another to sled down. Just bring the fun.