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Sledding at Jericho Hill in Marlborough

01/24/2016
By: Maxim and Andrey Masleyev
Updated on 01/25/2016
Special thanks to James Naze for the historical update

So now that we finally have a good amount of snow on the ground. Are you looking for a place to go for sledding?

Jericho Hill is located at 496 Brigham Street in Marlborough. This was a cutting edge ski club in 1950s. There were tow ropes and it was illuminated with 20,000 watts for night skiing. Well, it is not that great now, but this is still a 550 feet slope and it is free!!! What else do kids need to have fun???

Please use caution sliding from the very top of the hill unless you are experienced enough. This might be dangerous. Many people have broken sleds when trying this. For small kids we also recommend to use the smaller slope on the road side:

Also if small kids are bored, you can go to a playground there. It is totally different experience in winter and kids really enjoy it. But please dress your kids accordingly:

If you get tired, you can always drink a cup of hot chocolate on one of the picnic tables

It's owned by the City of Marlborough now, but this was not always the case. James Naze, a former resident of Marlborough, used to live in the shadow of Jericho from 1968 to 1990, and he has a lot of memories about the place. It used to be "community" owned by the member families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Membership also meant every family member had to put some kind of work into the hill. Whether it be working the tows, grooming with the snow cat, working the snack bar or, as a kid, getting firewood for the fire. Jericho membership were some of the best years of his life. Best times were the winter festivals and the Irish band they brought in to perform upstairs.