When the snow falls and the temperatures drop in Western New York, the winter fun begins. If you’re looking for snowy fun with the whole family, venture about 20 miles south of the city to Chestnut Ridge County Park. This scenic winter wonderland is known for providing several seasonal activities for active visitors to enjoy, but the pinnacle of those activities is Chestnut Ridge’s toboggan chutes at the top of their massive sledding hill. On an idyllic winter day, you’ll find youngsters (and the young at heart) zipping down the 20-foot chutes at full throttle.
Since the chutes were constructed in the 1930s this seasonal attraction has been the site of a wholesome, family tradition that has stood the test of time… and the cold. Speaking of cold – when your cheeks have gotten rosy and you can’t feel your toes, step inside the timber-and-stone Casino to cozy up near the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Once you warmed up, it’s time to grab your sled and get back out onto the hill!
And with the New Year comes news from this famous sledding hill in 2020! Chestnut Ridge Park has announced that free skiing and snowboarding access will be returning to the hill for the first time in 30 years – complete with a tow line to make getting back to the top as easy as going down.
If Billy & Pat’s video adventure at Chestnut Ridge Park’s sledding hill doesn’t make you want to try tobogganing, I don’t know what will: