With several inches of snow falling in the Louisville area this weekend, now is a good time to enjoy one of the great pleasures of winter – sledding.

Louisville Metro Parks is opening several parks around the city this weekend so everyone can break out the sleds and hit some jumps on the hills (but be careful).

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Designated sledding hills are at:

Sledding hills shall be open every day from 9 a.m. to eleven p.m. as lengthy sufficient snow is on the ground to guard the slopes. 

Listed here are another sledding guidelines to comply with:

  • Sledding is permitted on designated sledding hills when the “Sledding Hill Open” sign is displayed.
  • Park automobiles only in regular parking areas to protect your automotive from injury.
  • No automobiles are permitted off the pavement in any park.
  • No alcoholic drinks are permitted at any time.
  • Those who use designated sledding hills are doing so at their own danger. Bonfires won’t be permitted at Metro Parks sites, and sledders are urged to carry a cellphone within the event of an emergency.
  • Please decide up your trash or use the designated trash bins for waste removing – or take trash with you as you allow. 

And although rushing down the hill might be exhilarating, listed here are some safety tricks to comply with:

  • Solely use units designed for sledding.
  • Put on applicable clothing – unfastened ends or flaps can easily get caught.
  • Sleds ought to include an applicable number of riders during each descent.
  • Gown in layers, so you’ll be able to take away one layer without risking frostbite. A number of thin layers are warmer than one bulky layer.
  • Be sure to’re with somebody who knows your identify and may contact family in an emergency; mother and father ought to remain with their youngsters.
  • Don’t drink alcohol earlier than sledding – it impairs your capacity to use logic and causes the body to lose warmth more quickly.
  • Verify your path for timber and different objects earlier than beginning your descent.
  • Make sure that your imaginative and prescient isn’t obscured by hats and scarves.
  • When climbing the hill, keep to the edges. Don’t climb within the sledding path. Keep in mind that slopes can turn into very crowded during peak occasions.

Attain Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com or 502-582-7030.

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