If you’re looking for outdoor winter fun or perhaps you're entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays, I suggest an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind ride down Cleveland Metroparks twin toboggan chutes at The Chalet located in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The Toboggan Chutes are open through March 8.
You’ll scream with delight, hoot and holler as you plunge down a 70-foot vertical drop, traveling along 700 feet of ice. The Cleveland Metroparks chutes are the only public toboggan chutes in Ohio. The toboggans can reach speeds up to 50 mph depending upon the weather conditions. And remember a few things about weather conditions 1.) the refrigerated ice chutes operate with or without snow 2.) If temperatures exceed 50 degrees or if there is heavy rain, tobogganing may be cancelled. It’s always a good idea to call the Chalet for an update before heading out. Call 440-572-9990, option 6.
Here’s something new for this year… riders are able to track their speed while going down the chutes. Watch the time display at the bottom of the hill, but don’t blink because you might miss it as you blow by. Race your friends and family to see who’s the fastest.
You’ll get plenty of exercise, too. Riders climb 108 steps to the top of the chutes! Luckily the Chalet’s toboggan lift system effortlessly transports the toboggans uphill where they are unloaded by Chalet staff.
Take a break and warm up inside the rustic Chalet. Enjoy hot drinks and tasty treats from the concession stand and the Chalet’s gathering area features two fireplaces, a large-screen TV, indoor restrooms and a loft with video games.
Check out these special promotions and holiday events:
Breakfast with Santa at the Chalet – December 14 from 8 -11 a.m.: Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast (served 8 - 9:30 a.m.) plus a visit from Santa, make-n-take holiday craft, face painting and a winter theme photo booth. Price: $18/person or add on a Toboggan ticket for a total of $25/person. Reservations are required; call 440-572-9990.
Kick Off the Holidays at the Chalet – December 19 from 6 – 9 p.m., tobogganing until 10:30 p.m.:Join Santa at the Chalet and help decorate the community holiday tree. Celebrate the spirit of the season by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank or animal shelter. In return receive $1 off your toboggan admission and an ornament to place on the Chalet's community tree.
Tis’ the Season – children 11 and younger receive a FREE hot chocolate one per person with paid child admission: December 24
Dollar Day – hot dogs and sodas only a buck each: December 12, February 6, and March 1
Family Four Pack Deal – four toboggan passes, four hot dogs and four sodas, $40: February 22 and March 8
Sweetheart Deal – two toboggan passes, two hot dogs, two hot chocolates, $20: February 13
Military I.D. Day – all military with a valid I.D. pay only $5: February 15
Student I.D. Night – every Thursday, (January 8 – March 5) students with a valid I.D., $9.
Season toboggan passes are available for purchase online or at the Chalet. Season passes purchased by December 24 are discounted and include a special gift. Gift packs can be picked up at the Chalet when purchasing season passes or on the first visit.
For season passes, group discounts, private rentals, special promotions and extended December holiday hours, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/tchutes or call 440-572-9990.
The Chalet Toboggan Chutes are located in Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Recreation Area, 16200 Valley Parkway, in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville.
The last one down the toboggan chute is a rotten egg!
Have a blast taking and sharing photos of your friends and family! Enter our photo contest.
General Tobogganing Hours:
Thursdays (only in January, February and March 2015): 6 – 10 p.m.
Fridays: 6 – 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12 (all day pass), children* 11 and younger, $10 (all day pass), and one-time riders are $6.
*Children must be at least 48” tall to ride and accompanied by an adult.
Extended Holiday Hours:
Sunday, December 21: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, December 22: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23: noon – 10:30p.m.
Wednesday, December 24: noon - 4p.m.
Thursday, December 25: Closed - Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 26: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 27: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 28: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, December 29: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30: noon – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31: noon - 5:00p.m.
Thursday, January 1: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, January 2: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 3: noon - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 4: noon - 5:00 p.m.