Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.
Put Tussey Mountain aside.
You can find informal hills to go sledding at parks in the Centre Region that are free to use for recreation, but none as big as the one at Slab Cabin Park in College Township.
The park, located at 316 Elmwood St., is operated by Centre Region Parks and Recreation.
And when the snow starts to fall and there is enough accumulation to go sledding, about 30 to 50 people can be found each weekend taking advantage of the snow sport, CRPR Director Ron Woodhead said.
It’s not for the faint of heart.
Ron Woodhead, CRPR director
“It’s not for the faint of heart,” Woodhead said.
At about 300 feet, the hill’s slope is angled at about 45 degrees, Woodhead said.
“It’s handy, convenient and as safe as safe can be while still being thrilling,” Woodhead said. “People are familiar with it, too, because it has been around for at least 30 years.”
Rules are also posted in the area.
“We tell people to have fun but stay safe,” Woodhead said. “Walk up the side of the hill so you’re not in the way of others. There are safety rules, and it’s safe to assume there are accidents and injuries, but nothing extraordinary.”
CRPR staff doesn’t necessarily groom the hill but does remove potential unsafe hazards like man-made jumps, Woodhead said.
“It’s a self-operating facility, but we still encourage people to be safe, and use good judgment and common sense,” Woodhead said.
Other sledding locations in the Centre Region include hills at Orchard Park, Oak Hall Regional Park and Tom Tudek Memorial Park.