PLACES: Sledding at Dry Bridge Park

By Beacon Staff

Snowfall has been good this year and the heavy wet white stuff has created a nice foundation for daredevils of all ages to hit the slopes. No, not just the skiers and snowboards – it’s time to sled.

A valley scooped between Woodland Avenue and Dry Bridge Pond creates rides of unassuming slopes facing each other. What at first glace seems like harmless terrain offers surprising speed once your hands and feet are tucked in a sled and the ride down the hill begins.

All ages congregate at the park – from the kids who have yet to learn the meaning of fear to adults who are either brave or foolish – to push their sleds to the limit.

Catching air is a big draw for the adrenaline junkies who have built numerous jumps at different levels on the hillside. They continuously bomb the bouncing terrain creating different levels of rides from easy-going to extreme.

The biggest draw to the park is its proximity to downtown Kalispell and lack of obstacles. Many park goers have said that other sledding hills in the area contain at least one or two obstructions that can impede the path or create a hazardous situation. The only obstacles at Dry Bridge park are the scrambling patrons trying to make it back to the top to go again.

How to get there: From downtown Kalispell, go south on U.S. Highway 93. Turn east on 11th Street East. The park is at the corner of 11th Street East and Woodland Avenue.

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