Snow in the mountains means sledding and tubing for the family

Your fancy skis and snowboards are fine; just give me an old-fashioned tube or a cheap plastic sled and I'm ready for winter fun during Christmas break

December 18, 2018
Dawson on a sled

John Fisher (that's my son, when he was 2)

This year I'm resolving to go into Christmas break with a can-do attitude. We grownups are off for ten days; our son's out of school for two weeks. That's either a recipe for madness, or for family fun. We're going to try for fun and, if the clouds cooperate, we're going to see if our seven-year-old wants to slide down a snowy hill on a sled or a big ol' inner tube. 

Here the go-to list of hot spots -- or should that be cold spots? It's a post called Where to Go Sledding and Tubing This Winter from Red Tricycle.

My son Dawson's first sledding experience was at the very family- and newbie-friendly Hyak Sno-Park near Snoqualmie Pass. It's close in, it's well-groomed, and it's free to sled as long as you have a  Sno-Park day permit. If you're dealing with littles, that's the place to start. (But be aware that it doesn't have any amenities to speak of, except for bathrooms, so BYO food, water, etc.)

Farther away from Seattle and the suburbs, there are sweet spots near Leavenworth, Hurricane Ridge, Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, and Paradise on Mt. Rainier.

If we're lucky, all the rain here in civilization will translate to lots of snow in the mountains just when we need it -- during Christmas break.

Here's the full story. Have fun up there, and don't let this happen to you: