Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes Open Friday, November 23 | News
The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to relax and have fun. And a good way to have fun is to spend hours together laughing off all that turkey and stuffing, while tobogganing down a 70-foot vertical drop, traveling over 700 feet at the Chalet Toboggan Chutes in Strongsville. The icy fun at Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes kicks off Friday, November 23 and continues through March. Everyone is invited to the Chalet Recreation Area in Strongsville to experience the thrill of tobogganing on ice. Special opening day hours (November 23) are noon to 10:30 p.m.
Riders climb aboard a traditional wooden toboggan, but that’s where the tradition ends . . . The twin, refrigerated ice chutes are approximately 700 icy feet long with an initial vertical drop of 70 feet. It’s a fast, fun, heart-pumping ride. And, best of all, the Chalet Toboggan Chutes operate with or without snow!
Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes has also added a new, long-awaited addition to the twin, refrigerated ice chutes – a brand-new toboggan lift will be available this season, starting Opening Day!
The lift, designed and constructed by Cleveland Metroparks in-house Site Construction and Building Trades crews, will utilize a 12 horse-power motor, 5’ diameter wheel set, and cable system mounted at the bottom of the hill with a 20-foot wheel tower installed on top to mechanically pull the toboggans on a tow 150 feet up the hill to a receiving deck where they will be stored.
Cleveland Metroparks staff will load and unload the new toboggan lift. Riders can simply walk up the steps to the top of the chutes, where the toboggans will be waiting for them to ride down the chutes.
This season's public tobogganing hours are:
• Thursdays • 6 to 10 p.m. (in January, February and March 2013)
• Fridays • 6 to 10:30 p.m.
• Saturdays • noon to 10:30 p.m.
• Sundays • noon to 5 p.m.
• Holidays • call for Holiday Hours (December 23 through January. 6, 2013, and January 21& February 18)
The daily admission fee is only $10 for adults, and $8 for children, ages 11 and under, which includes unlimited use of toboggans for the day. One-time ride tickets are also available for $4.
Season Passes to the Chalet Toboggan Chutes are a great deal for avid winter thrill-seekers. Season Passes are available at $40 for adults, $30 for children, ages 11 and under, and only $110 for a family (up to four people). And, Season Passes purchased through December 24 are discounted, making it an even better deal!
Group Discount Rates, for 20 or more people, are available for rides during public hours. Groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Group rates are not valid for season pass holders.
The Chalet Recreation Area, including the use of the toboggan chutes, can also be rented for private exclusive use during non-public hours. Call 440-572-9990 for more information and to make reservations.
In addition to tobogganing on the refrigerated ice chutes, the Chalet building facility features two fireplaces (indoor and outdoor), a main gathering area with a large-screen television, a snack bar, a loft area with video games, and indoor restrooms.
All riders must wear gloves or mittens. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to ride, and must be accompanied by an adult. Personal toboggans are not allowed at the facility.
The Chalet Recreation Area is located at 16200 Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville - just a short distance from I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.
For more information and for group or private reservations, call 440-572-9990.
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition at the only public ice chutes in Ohio, now with a brand-new toboggan lift - the Chalet Toboggan Chutes of Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally.