Planning to spend your inevitable snow day attempting an amateur version of skeleton or luge? You'd better hustle over to a hardware store quickly, because sled supplies are already running low.
At Logan Hardware, there are only eight sleds left. People have been buying multiple sleds, said one store associate -- "One customer bought four." They have saucer-type sleds that range in price from $15-$17. At the Woodley Park Ace Hardware, the more traditional types of sleds were sold out -- but there were still 15 roll-up foam sleds, sold for $5, in stock. Glover Park's Ace Hardware however, was totally cleaned out of sleds.
"We are running low on anything having to do with snow," said one associate at Old School Hardware in Mount Pleasant. As of 3 p.m., there were only six sleds left.
One place where the sled stock is more than adequate: Frager's on Capitol Hill. They have three types: discs for $16, plastic sleds for $17 and the old-fashioned Flexible Flyer sleds for $75, and a sales associate said they were in no danger of running out anytime soon. If you can't get a sled, you can always try coating a plastic bin in Pam, as some intrepid Washingtonians did in 2009.
Best sledding spots
Ok, so you've got your sled, and now you need a nearby slope. Check out these hills tomorrow if you need somewhere to take your kids (or if you just want to feel like a kid again).
• The hills surrounding the National Cathedral.
• Parenting writer Amy Joyce says one of the best spots for kids is Lafayette Elementary. "There’s a double hill for the brave, or just the second part of the hill for the newbies."
• Joyce also recommends Ingleside at Rock Creek for older teens -- a sledding hill which involves "some tree dodging."
We know there are plenty of other sledding slopes in D.C. -- what would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments.