We’re guessing you aren’t at work, your school has been cancelled, and you’ve finally tired of looking at all the porn on the Internet. (At least for today. Or the next few hours. Or the next twenty minutes.) It’s the ideal time to regress back to your childhood in a socially acceptable manner. D.C. is full of fantastic sledding spots, and we’ve compiled them here for your sliding pleasure. But first: We know that not everyone is fully equipped for snow-tastic fun, so we’ve also put together a short list of places to stock up on winter gear like sleds, snow pants, and effective lip balm. (Just in case the rest of your day involves making out for warmth.)
Most important thing first –
Where to pick up a sled:
The North Face
3333 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Mon-Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sun 11:00am – 6:oopm
If you’re ready to make a real investment in some cold weather gear, North Face is the place to go.
3100 14th St NW #201, Washington, DC 20010
Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Conveniently located just past the Columbia Heights Metro station.
They have decorative sleds for the home, because who doesn’t want Christmas all year round?
Tenleytown Ace Hardware
4500 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20016
Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
This Ace is practically on top of the Tenleytown Metro, so you can save your precious energy for browsing.
Protect your lips for that post-exhilaration make-out sesh:
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter, $12, Sephora
There is nothing, *nothing* else like the Korres formula for lip balm. You are rubbing berry-colored cashmere against your mouth, and everything is right with the world.
Burt’s Bees Superfruit Lip Balms 4 Pk, $9.99, ULTA
Your home boys at Burt’s Bees know what’s up. This stuff is super moisturizing , classic, and 4 for 10 is a steal.
Rosebud Lip Salve, $6, Sephora
So that you can look like a 50’s housewife classily dipping your pinky into a cheeky tin of rose balm in the middle of the snow.
Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery, $9.95, drugstores everywhere
Slather this on before you go to sleep to cure your lips of windburn/the chapped horribleness that happens after spending hours in the wind and dry air. Your kisser will thank you.
Now that you’ve got everything you need, grab your sled and/or an adult beverage (strictly for warmth, of course) and head to a sledding spot near you.
First Street SE, Washington DC
Parking: Street parking available.
Nearest metro: Capitol South/Smithsonian
Fort Reno Park
3800 Donaldson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20018
Battery Kemble Park
49th St NW and Garfield St NW, Washington DC 20016
Parking: One parking lot available.
The hill at Battery Kemble is touted as the best sledding spot in DC. There’s no metro around it, making it a little more difficult to get to than the others. However, that means if you do make it there’s more space for you!