Brian Jacobson
Winter Scenes

The toboggan slide

By - Jan 12th, 2010 08:50 am


There are 14 official sledding hills in the Milwaukee County Parks system, with a handful lit up at night for those wanting the freshest fallen snow. There is one in the area that features a most-unique and daunting feature: an icy toboggan slide. Nestled on a forested passage of S. 92nd Street in Hales Corners (south of Grange, across from the golf course) is a 300-yard slope, cut in twain by trees with one featuring a precipitous drop off.

To the left of the sledding hills, you can rent an old-fashioned wood toboggan with metal runners for $7 per hour. The rental shed is adjacent to an open-air shed with two launching pads. An attendant is at this point, along with another at the bottom in a truck. These parks employees help passengers safely into their craft and line the vessel between two, very long sets of three-inch metal rails. The ground between these rails have been iced and make for a rollercoaster-fast ride (reportedly around 35 m.p.h.) to the bottom.

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