Slide On Over: One-Tank-Trip Sledding Destinations

A sledding-themed vacation is possible, but Indiana’s unpredictable weather can make planning problematic.

Indiana’s best toboggan run is at Pokagon State Park, in Angola near the Michigan border. The park is about 2-1/2 hours north of Indianapolis, just off Interstate 69. Lodging is available at the Potawatomi Inn, and at several area motels. Call well ahead, however; the Potawatomi Inn is usually booked two years in advance.

The toboggan run is refrigerated, and operates whether or not there’s snow. During the 20 to 30 second run, toboggans reach speeds of close to 40 mph.

Toboggan rental is $13 an hour; because the ride is so popular, no all-day rentals are offered. Park admission is $5 per car for Indiana residents, $7 for out-of-state vehicles, and $2 per person for buses. For more information visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/4699.htm

Paoli Peaks, 2798 West County Road 25 South in Paoli, Ind., offers an Arctic Blast  Snow Tubing Run that is separate from the skiing area. Snow making machinery creates tubing runs when the weather doesn’t cooperate, but conditions can change rapidly.

For an update, call  812-723-4696 or visit http://www.paolipeaks.com/ for information about hours and costs, and http://www.paolipeaks.com/snow-report.html for snow conditions.

Clothing rental is available at the Paoli Peaks Pro Shop.

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