(FILE) John Brewster and his daughter Sarah, 8, head to another hill while sledding on a boogie board in Grant Park on Thursday morning February 13, 2014 while on a sledding trip with his family BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM
Photo: Ben Gray
Photo: Ben Gray

4 things to know about sledding your way through Atlanta's snow day

Clearing out every bread and milk aisle at Atlanta’s grocery stores might have been mission No. 1 for Atlantans waking up to a fluffy, hefty layer of snow throughout metro Atlanta and beyond Friday, but there’s a much more thrilling agenda item coming for tonight and Saturday: playing in the snow!

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It’s been only a few weeks since our last big snow storm gave us the chance to flap our arms and make a snow angel or take a slide down some of Atlanta’s best hills for sledding.

If you looking to once again take advantage of Atlanta’s (not so) rare snow day, we’ve got you covered on how to enjoy the rare art form of sledding in Atlanta.

Here’s an Atlanta tip sheet on everything you need to know about sledding:

Before hitting the hills, make sure you and the kiddos are safe.

Don’t let the excitement of sliding down your driveway or a nearby hill take precedent over safety. Sledding improperly can lead to some pretty gnarly bruising and lacerations, according to Dr. Purva Grover, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

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“We see a lot of chin lacerations; we see some facial injuries. Every now and then we’ll see some ankle breaks or some long bone fractures,” Grover said.

Take a look at what the experts say is the best way to sled safely. Proper sledding includes determining stable positions on your sled and ensuring you know how to turn and brake. 

Even if your tween says “mom, I’ve got this,” make sure that safety comes first.

“Even the ‘tweens,’ you know, the ones who are infallible, ‘nothing can happen to them,’ and they’ve never tried out a specific sport before, they just might need watching,” Grover said.

020103 ATLANTA, GA: Using a toboggan that he received as a Christmas present, David Fowler , right, goes over a handmade mogul with Lauren Hickey, center and Jade Jackson, left. They were among many people who enjoyed the snow at Piedmont Park Thursday January 3, 2002.(JEAN SHIFRIN/staff)

Take your sledding to the next level by using an actual sled versus a cafeteria tray.

It may have been legit to slide down Atlanta’s hill on whatever random things you had at home last time, but there’s nothing like sledding with an actual sled. Stores like Dick Sporting Goods, Ace Hardware and REI typically keep sleds in stock.

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Location, location - pick the best places to sled.

Piedmont Park has been the go-to spot for sledding in past Atlanta snowpocalypes as it has several slopes relatively clear of trees and other obstructions. Might take a few practice runs on more tame hills before trying this one.

Another perfect spot to try out your sledding skills is an area that may only come to mind for tourists and history buffs − the Carter Center. The center’s rolling hills on Freedom Parkway will give sledders some twists and turns pulled straight out of a fairy tale snow day. The area is also safely tucked away from the roadways and traffic. 

Murphy Candler Park in in Brookhaven also boasts an ideal sloping terrain for a sledding adventure. Near the park entrance on West Nancy Creek, there’s an elevated area that offers an exceptional view and a short roll for the sledding novices. 

If you’re seeking out more rolling hills in Atlanta, check out this roundup of potential sledding spots.

Most importantly, have fun and share the joy before snow melts.

Unless you plan to become a Northerner, the chances of snowy fun like what we expect this weekend will be few and far between. So, the only way to hold on to the snow spectacle is by snapping, Instagramming and Facebooking away each and every wet and frozen moment.

While you’re at it − and as long as it’s safe, you should share some of those moments with us, so we can gather Atlanta’s first (and possibly only) snow of the season. Just use the hashtag #ATLweather, so we can see all the action.

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