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Sledding Danger



Sledding in Tahoe not as harmless as it looks.

"Unofficial" Sled Hill -  Can be Officially DANGEROUS!
Spooner Summit Address: HWY 28 & HW 50, Glenbrook, NV
Photo: Tahoe Daily Tribune


High risks exist for personal injury. Icy. Fast. Steep. Crowded. No brakes. No steering.  No supervision. No helmets.

The Tahoe Douglas Fire District and USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit urge locals to help warn our families, friends, and visitors that choosing to sled at this and other general forest locations is risky and potentially dangerous. This location is frequently over-crowded, unsupervised, which can result in extremely hazardous conditions. Paramedics are routinely responding to this location for concussions and broken limbs. In 2019, a young adult suffered a serious sledding injury, resulting in permanent paralysis.

Your first responders hope you choose and promote safe and responsible winter play activities.      
More than 20,000 emergency department visits a year are related to sledding incidents among children under age 19 in the United States, research suggests.
Safe, managed sledding opportunities are offered in several locations around the Tahoe Basin.

A Timeless Winter Tradition Can Go Very Wrong 

Please choose safe locations at managed sites. 


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