The last El Nino event in North America was in Winter 2015-2016. Based on the long-range forecast of NOAA, a mild El Nino is somewhat probable for the winter of 2018/2019.
The last El Nino was Epic, and they have the reputation for bringing bigger than usual snowfalls. That last one was so big, we didn’t need a guide to the best sledding hills in town, because we could create jumps in our own backyard.
But for those that don’t have the good fortune of living on a hillside where the gravity gods can create a 100′ version of Beaver Creek’s Bird of Prey, it’s good to have some back up options on public land. Or better said, marginally-public land.
On the North Side of town, the best sledding is at Jenkins Middle School near Cottonwood Park. North and East Siders here get the benefit of lots of parking, a city park, a northerly slope for fast, icy conditions, and proximity to McDonald’s, La Casita, or some other fast food memory-maker for hot chocolate and warming up, just to the north on Woodmen.
On the West Side, a good grom hill is Woodstone Park. This also has a great northerly slope, but here the conditions are more gentle. Parking is alongside Carlson Drive. This is also a good park for a snowball fight or for building snow, as the slightly higher elevation tends to get a better amount of snow and it’s less-exposed to the wind than further east.
On the South Side, it’s really hard to beat Eric Scott’s childhood favorite, Bear Creek Park. The slope here is facing east and downtown so it’s a great one for late afternoon’s. While it doesn’t have immediate access to fast food or warmies for post-sledding refreshment, it is not far from 8th Street.