A winter wonderland experience includes sledding in Winthrop Washington. It would not be complete without the simple pleasure of daytime or moonlight sledding!
Families with kids young and old will take delight in the thrill of sledding in Winthrop down a freshly snowed on slope, coming up for air and laughing, and running up to do it all over again. Of course, any hill will do, but for some established, safe terrain consider one of the following locations:
Loup Loup Ski Area
Loup Loup was excited to introduce Luge Sledding to the Northwest and is indeed the very first area in the Western U.S. to offer Luge Sledding.View map [PDF]
Snowcat service to the Upper Bear Mountain trail system provides access for Luge sledders, featuring a ride up of 5 km and more than 1200’ of elevation gain. The Bear Mountain trails are accessible from the Loup Loup parking lot, allowing for Luge sledders to ride more than 12 km of groomed trails.
Luge Sledding will be open on weekends and holiday weeks throughout the season. The Loup will offer periodic free instructional clinics on how to Luge Sled safely. Luge sledding is a physical activity which does involve some walking and requires some level of fitness.
No children under the age of 6
Ages 6 – 9 must ride with an Adult
Age 10 may ride solo upon approval
Located right in Winthrop, Abby Creek Inn has a sledding hill right behind the Inn. Guests at the Inn may sled for free. Visitors can rent a tube for $5. Check in a the front desk for tube rental and more information. Abbycreekinn.com.
Winthrop Town Trailhead
Just next the Ice Rink and Winthrop Town Trailhead parking lot is a fun little hill that is the perfect spot to have some fun. The beauty of this hill is that part of the family can ice skate or ski, while others have some unstructured fun – everyone goes home tried and happy! Bring your own sled. Inexpensive sleds can be purchased at Winthrop Ace Hardware.
Sun Mountain Lodge
Tucked in behind the Nordic ski practice area is a concave slope that beckons to be played on. The slope is gentle at the bottom, and steeper at the top. Sleds are available at the Sun Mountain Lodge activities desk.