Yesterday, some of my siblings and I, and a few friends, loaded up the gear to go snow sledding on Snoqualmie Pass in the Hyak Sno Park. The Sno Park was a huge hill specifically used for sledding. Since it was a school day, we had the hill virtually to ourselves.
As we began our sledding, it started to rain, on and off all day. I don’t know if you have been in the snow while it is raining, but it’s not a fun experience. Rain makes snow slippery, and makes you wet.
Although the rain was kind of disappointing, we did manage to have some laughs and some good old-fashioned sledding fun.
Needless to say, I have complied a fairly exhaustive (though not completely so) list of do’s and don’t’s when sledding, especially in the rain. Enjoy!
Tips for Sledding (in or out of the rain):
–Make a Jump out of snow. Jumps give some air to your ride, making the sledding a little more fun, but also causes some laughs from falling off the jump.
–Bring Lots and Lots of Gloves. Don’t just bring 2 pairs of gloves for yourself, bring 3 or 4 pairs. Your friend will end up needing one pair, and your own pair will soak through in five minutes. Bummer. 🙂
–Take Risks (Which is hard for the worrier, stay-safe girl that I am).
-But Don’t Be Stupid. As in sledding down the hill laying down, backwards, and headfirst. (I got to see my brother and some of the boys doing tricks like this. Scares me crazy! 🙂 )
-Bring More Food than you ever thought imaginable. Somehow food not only replenishes energy, but seems to warm you up, even if the food is cold. Plus, junior high boys are always hungry! 🙂
-Share Sleds with Others. Don’t be stingy about your special sled. Sometimes the little kids have better sleds than you do!
-Create a Signature Ride that you all will remember. We tried to sled down the hill with five people on three sleds, all at once!
-Take Your Best Friends Along. They are the ones that make you laugh, and who don’t care if you look like a marshmallow in all your snow gear.
-Bring an Extra Set of Dry Clothes. It is no fun to ride home in wet clothes.
-In Fact, Bring Extras of Everything. There will always be a kiddo or friend who needs another coat, or snow-pants.
-Wear Little to No Make-Up. If you do wear make-up, make sure to wear clear mascara.Rain and snow makes a mess of it. Just go with no make-up. Who cares what you look like, we’re all cold and crazy! 🙂
-Ice Cream is the Best pick-me-up on the long drive home.
-Make Memories That Will Last a lifetime. These special days should be remembered.
There you have it! My list of do’s and don’t’s for sledding. As you can see, we had some mishaps and frozen fingers, but we had so much fun along the way.
Do you have any other “sledding essentials?” Comment below!