Sledding New Albany, 2011

The conditions were perfect for sledding in New Albany today.  It was cold enough to keep the snow from melting, but sunny enough to keep the temperature at a reasonable level.  By the time I got to the sledding hill behind the tee on number one North, only a few intrepid sledders remained.  Even though most of the sledders had left for the day, they had left their tracks — literally — in the hard packed snow, and the vista was striking in the light of the setting sun.

Edited to add:  Our blogging service indicates that people may be running searches trying to find the sledding hill.  For those who are looking, it is near the intersection of Rt. 62 and Greensward Lane in New Albany, Ohio, just across Greensward Lane from the New Albany County Club.  You can actually park right next to the sledding hill.

New Albany Sledding

Yesterday I went for an afternoon walk and saw quite a sledding exhibition.  It occurred on the hill behind the first tee on the North nine at New Albany Country Club.  It is a good sized hill, not too steep but with a long incline.  Conditions were excellent for sledding, with firmly packed snow underneath, a light dusting of new flakes drifting lazily down, and temperatures in the 20s. 

I would guess that 20 to 30 people of all ages were sledding when I happened by.  The hill featured just about every imaginable kind of sledding device, including toboggans, saucers, metal disks, molded plastic sleds, flat sheets of plastic, snowboards, sit skis, and Flexible Flyers.  (For my money, the best sled for such conditions is a vintage Flexible Flyer, with the runners coated with candle wax  or a non-stick spray.  When the snow is well packed and able to bear the weight of the Flyer’s metal runners, you can fly down hills and steer, besides.) 

Parents were perched atop the hill, where they would give their kids a push and then jog down the slope to help the kids lug the sleds back up to the top.  The kids were dressed in a riotous display of winter gear.  I saw fur-lined hoods, snowsuits, goggles, elbow-length gloves, long stocking caps, ski wear, and colorful scarves.  As the kids skimmed down the hill and tumbled into the snow at the bottom, their shrieks of delight filled the air.

Sledding conditions can change quickly, and optimum conditions don’t come very often.  Yesterday, the conditions were just about perfect.