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Cross Country Skiing F


By Carl Dunker


or those of you looking for a more se- date experience filled with fewer thrills and more cardio, these locations afford


you the opportunity to take your skis out on the trail, either singly or in groups.


Boyne Highlands 600 Highland Dr., Harbor Springs Day pass: $20, Rental: $15 boyne.com, (231) 526-3000


Nub’s Nob 500 Nubs Nob Rd., Harbor Springs Day passes: $51-$61 nubsnob.com, (231) 526-2131


Pando Winter


Sports Park 8076 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford Rental: $10 pandopark.com, (616) 874-8343


Shanty Creek Resorts 5820 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire Day passes: $15, Rental: $15 shantycreek.com, (231) 533-8621


Treetops Resort 3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord Day passes: $10, Rental: $15 treetops.com, (888) 873-3867


Sledding Hills L


ICE RINKS By Dominick Angel


Edge Ice Arena 4444 Holland Ave., Holland Monday- Friday: Noon-1:20 p.m. Friday: 7-8:20 p.m., Saturday: 1:30-2:50 p.m. Sunday: 7:30-8:50 p.m. Admission: $5 adults (age 12+), $4 children (age 11 and under), $3 senior (Age 55+) Rental: $2. edgeicearena.com, (616) 738-0733


Georgetown Ice Arena 8500 48TH


Ave., Hudsonville


Monday-Friday: Noon-1:50 p.m. Friday: 7-8:50 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 2-3:50 p.m. georgetown-mi.gov/ice, (616) 662-2800


Griff’s Ice House 30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids Saturday: 8-9:20 p.m., Sunday: 4-5:20 p.m. Admission: $3, Rental: $1 griffinshockey.com/community/icehouse, (616) 235-0303


Muskegon Winter Sports Complex 462 Scenic Dr., North Muskegon Admission: $4, Rental: $4 msports.org, (877) 879-5843


Patterson Ice Arena 2550 Patterson Ave., Grand Rapids Monday- Friday: 11 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday: 1-3 p.m.; 8-10 p.m., Sunday: 1-3 p.m. Admission $5, Rental: $2 pattersonicecenter.com, (616) 940-1423


Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink Monroe Center and Monroe Avenue Monday & Tuesday: 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 12-9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday: Noon-10 p.m. Sunday: Noon-9:30 p.m. Admission: $1, Rental: Free with picture ID (616) 831-2900


S2 Ice Arena/Wings Stadium 5076 Sports Dr., Kalamazoo Monday-Friday: 11:30-1p.m. Sunday: 2-3:45 p.m. Admission: $5, Rental: $3 wingsstadium.com, (269) 345-1125


Walker Ice and Fitness Center 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW, Walker Monday- Saturday: Noon-1:50 p.m. Sunday: 1-2:50 p.m. Admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors & students (18 and under), Rental: $3 walkericeandfitness.com, (616) 735-6286


Muskegon


Winter Sports Complex


et’s get back to basics. Make a thermos of hot chocolate, bundle up the kids, grab the simple plastic sleds, load up the van with neighbors and head somewhere with any trace of a hill to have a blast. West Michigan topography lends itself to this classic. No admission


fees, no tow-ropes, no lessons; just enjoy that Michigan phenomenon of snow. Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department names Richmond Park and Mulick Park as those with sledding hills, but local families can name countless parks and schoolyards in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas with open space and a slope of the white stuff.


Here are a few popular gathering spots for those in the mood for the vigorous ups and downs of good old fashioned sledding.


Richmond Park - Richmond Street NW, Grand Rapids Mulick Park - Sylvan Avenue SE, Grand Rapids Belknap Park - Coldbrook Street NE, Grand Rapids Mary Waters Park - Leonard Street NE, Grand Rapids Union High School - Tremont Boulevard NW, Grand Rapids Pine Ridge Elementary - Redford Drive SE, Grand Rapids Manhattan Park – Manhattan Road SE, Grand Rapids Pinery Park - DeHoop Avenue SW, Wyoming Cascade Township Park - Thornapple River Drive, Cascade Wabasis Lake Park - Springhill Drive, Greenville


Sledding Safety Tips


When your family chooses to sled on a natural, ungroomed sledding hill, you are choosing to be totally responsible for your own safety. There is no first aid building on the premises, nor ski patrol to help you. Keep these tips in mind when sledding on an organic slope.


n Dress appropriately. Be sure to wear plenty of layers. Hats, mittens, thick socks, boots and a heavy coat are musts when there is no warm- ing lodge available.


n Check the terrain before you sled. The trails are not groomed so examine the hill for hidden sticks, rocks or holes that may interrupt a smooth descent.


n Scan your sledding path. There are no set runs or posted rules. Be sure your path is clear of trees and other people traveling up or down the hill before pushing off.


n Ensure a safe landing strip. Keep in mind where you and your sled will come to a stop when the ride is over. Avoid hills ending near traffic, fences, walls or thin ice.


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