Place to pick up speed:

Lowell Park toboggan runs

Weather permitting, the two 350-foot lighted toboggan runs open Dec. 1 at Lowell Park behind Waukesha North High School.

Snow is guaranteed during Waukesha’s Janboree, the city’s winter festival held in late January. If Mother Nature hasn’t made enough of the white stuff by then, Waukesha Parks and Recreation employees help her out. An information line updates callers on the snow conditions.

Bring your own toboggans and pay $4 a day for a chute pass. Or rent one for $5 an hour, which includes the pass.

If a toboggan’s speed is too intense for you, the park offers a free sledding hill and an ice skating rink. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the concession shed. Chutes can be rented from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturdays for private parties.

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