sledding

Dalen and Caleb Van Dyke enjoyed an afternoon of sledding with parents Amy Linke and Jim Van Dyke last Sunday. The Ski Hill in Wessington Springs was named as one of seven destinations on the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s online Sledding Guide.

The Ski Hill in Wessington Springs earned top honors in the state last week, being named as one of seven destinations on the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s online Sledding Guide. 

The folks at the South Dakota Department of Tourism designed a brand new interactive map highlighting the best places to sled all across the state. Wessington Springs was named the top spot. 

The website states: “The Ski Hill at Wessington Springs City Park may be the most charming sledding spot in South Dakota. Sledders can call to obtain (for free) a key for the park's historic Rube Goldberg ski lift. A simple flip of the switch will activate the ski lift, allowing sledders to grab the rope and safely slide back up the hill. It's a perfect setup for a great day of sledding! Come experience the small-town charm of the Ski Hill in Wessington Springs.”

After hearing about the sledding guide, the True Dakotan stopped by the sledding hill to catch some sledding action. The Van Dyke twins, Dalen and Caleb, were having a blast doubled up on a sled (shown above) with parents Amy Linke and Jim Van Dyke standing close by to take in all the fun.    

While the sledding hill in Wessington Springs has served up countless hours of fun to sledders across many generations, earning the top spot doesn’t come as a big surprise. It also doesn’t hurt to have Wessington Springs native Austin Kaus working on the team who created the interactive map. 

The map can be found online at https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/sledding-guide