Safety Tips As Sledding Season Arrives Early!

Winter has arrived bringing the areas first (and latest in history) measurable snow of the season,  and by measurable we are talking over a foot in many areas! There are many ways of looking at this but I chose to take the positive approach! The big plus is that it’s the weekend, another positive is we are blessed with so many places to go sledding in the area.

We have been compiling a list of snow sledding venues for days like today & the entire winter season to come.

Please keep in mind that many venues may have been taken by surprise by the heavy snowfall amounts & are not open yet so please call or visit the websites, we provide you in each directory listing.

Some sites operate on the flag system Red Flag = No Sledding, Green Flag = Sledding.

Also remember sledding can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious.  Each year tens of thousands of sledding cases are treated in emergency rooms across the snow belt, with more than 50% of them being serious Head Trauma. To keep yourself & your children safe, please follow these safety tips.

  • Select a hill that is age appropriate & not too steep, Ideally the hill will have a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop.
  • Always avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.
  • Always avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences or other hazards.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a moving vehicle.
  • Always sit face-forward on your sled.
  • Young kids (5 and under) should sled with an adult, and kids younger than 12 should be actively watched at all times.
  • Go down the hill one at a time and with only one person per sled (except for adults with young children).
  • Never build an artificial jump or obstacle on a sledding hill.
  • Keep your arms and legs within the sled at all times, and if you fall off the sled, move out of the way. If you find yourself on a sled that won’t stop, roll off it and get away from it.
  • Walk up the side of the hill and leave the middle open for other sledders.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a moving vehicle.
  • Always make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks, poles, or trees  & other sledders before you head downhill.
  • Try to avoid icy hills, An icy slope makes for a much faster ride s well as a much harder landing if you fall off your sled.
  • Sled during the daytime, or on illuminated hills at night where visibility is better.
  • Young kids (5 and under) should always sled with an adult, and kids younger than 12 should be actively watched at all times.
  • Always go down the hill one at a time and with only one person per sled (except for adults with young children).
  • Never build an artificial jump, ramp or other obstacle on a sledding hill.
  • Keep your arms and legs within the sled at all times, and if you fall off the sled, move out of the way. If you find yourself on a sled that won’t stop, roll off it and get away from it.
  • Always alk up the side of the hill, never walk up the middle or high traffic sledding lanes.
  • Always wear a safety helmet that fits correctly to prevent head injuries

Following these basic common sense safety tips can not guarantee everyone’s safety but will help prevent accidents & injuries that can ruin a fun day at your favorite sledding hill.

 

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train To Make Stops In The WI-IL Border Area!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CP’s Holiday Train ready to brighten communities and warm hearts for the 17th year

Every year, our Holiday Trains travel through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks.

Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy donations. Heart health education and awareness is a tenet of CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America.

The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on November 27 and 28 on their way to visit approximately 150 communities. The “Canadian Train” travels west across Canada finishing its journey in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The “US Train” visits communities across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, and returns back to Canada for shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta. ​

The concerts are always free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank — either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.

This year’s 1st stop for the holiday train in the WI IL Border Region arrive at 3:40 PM on December 4, 2015 in Gurnee, Il, The event run from 4:00 – 4:30 P.M. @ The Viking Middle School Park  ​4460 Old Grand Ave. The scheduled performers are Kira Isabella and Doc Walker

The 2nd stop for the holiday train in the WI IL Border Region arrive at 5:25 PM on December 4, 2015 in Sturtevant, Wi, The show will run from 5:35 – 6:05 P.M. @ 9900 East Exploration Ct. The scheduled performers are Kira Isabella and Doc Walker

 

The concerts are always free, but you are encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank – either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.

2015 East Troy Electric Railroad Christmas Train

Our magical ride will take you a half hour from our East Troy Depot (2002 Church Street, East Troy, WI) to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Santa’s workshop wouldn’t be complete without a craft project and some hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy after working on those crafts! The trolleys will be heated and bathrooms are available in our East Troy Depot.

Boarding is only done at our East Troy Depot and advance reservations are required.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final.

Tickets can be purchased online click here or in our depot on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 4:30pm through the first weekend in November.

Our volunteers appreciate your interest and support!

November 28-29
December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20


9:30am   |   Noon   |   2:30pm


Adults (ages 12 and up) – $17.50
Children (ages 0-11) – $15.00

Happy Holiday Railway @ Illinois Railway Museum

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Embark on a magical 45 minute train ride through the winter countryside on your way to visit with Santa Claus himself! Treats will be served and gifts will be given to children on Santa’s “good list”.

Days for this event are December 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th. Saturday and Sunday trips are at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. (Rides at other times may be opened up at a later date based on demand). Ticket prices are $15.00 per person. Everyone past their first birthday must have a ticket. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final. Display buildings and museum grounds will not be open for this event. Parking is free. Plan to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your scheduled trip.

For those of you who have visited us in previous years, note that the format of the event is improved for 2015. The train ride is longer, and will leave from the depot and return to the depot, rather than the diner. Santa will ride the train with you. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at the depot and/or the diner.

Purchase tickets online now!

All tickets sold after November 28th will be held at will call for pickup on the day of the event.

check out the Illinois Railway Museum website for more details

The Illinois Railway Musuem is located at 7000 Olson Road in Union, IL 60180