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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you're anything like us, you're in the market for new sledding spots to get your thrills in this winter.

We asked readers to share your favorite hills across the metro. Here are some of your recommendations (in no particular order):

  1. Como Park in St. Paul
  2. Aquila Park in St. Louis Park
  3. Newton Hill (51st and Newton) in southwest Minneapolis
  4. The hill at Wayzata East Middle School
  5. The hill at 32nd & Louisiana in Crystal

Expert take: The sled gurus at Northern Toboggan Co. suggest Beard's Plaisance next to Lake Harriet.

This story first appeared in the Axios Twin Cities newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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