We finally got a significant snowfall in the Billings area, and I'm somewhat surprised that my kids haven't been pestering me to take them sledding yet. Maybe we'll go this weekend when the temperature starts to climb a little bit. It would be foolish to take little kids sledding with a windchill of -30.

There are a number of favorite hills around town that are generally safe for downhill thrill-seekers of all ages. Here are some of the most popular spots:

Rimpoint Park.

The small park directly off Rimrock Road is not the biggest hill in the world, making it great for younger children and for parents who don't feel like climbing back up a giant hill.

Pioneer Park.

The large park behind Senior High has been a favorite for sledding forever, and for good reason. Its central location is easy to get to and there are hills of various steepness for all ages.

Phipps Park.

This park west of town (keep on Rimrock, past Ironwood, and just beyond the train track overpass) offers bigger thrills and more rugged terrain. Watch for rocks and scrubby trees!

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Michael Foth ~ Townsquare Media Billings
Michael Foth ~ Townsquare Media Billings
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Sword's Park.

Sledding down the face of the Rims would be insanely dangerous, but if you continue up the road to the Yellowstone Kelly interpretive site, there are a number of good-looking sledding paths that are significantly steeper than some of the other parks in town. Choose your sledding route carefully to avoid trees and rocks.

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Bench Blvd Hill. 

The ravine between the upper parking lot of MetraPark and the Heights Target offers a nice steep hill with multiple spots for sledding. The bike path at the bottom acts as a natural brake when you hit it with your sled.

Bench Blvd Hill - Michael Foth, Townsquare Media
Bench Blvd Hill - Michael Foth, Townsquare Media
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Castle Rock Park. 

This Heights park offers a decent hill for sledding and is easy to access.

Sacajawea Park.

Right off Monad Rd and 19th St W, Sacajawea Park has a gentle hill that's great for little kids.

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Photo by Andres Siimon on Unsplash
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Obviously, kids love sledding but it's fun for adults too. Maybe grab a sled and your partner and make it a day-date this weekend. Fresh air, exercise, and some thrills down a hill might be a pretty good time.

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