It is the middle of winter and a fresh, generous layer of snow covered the area overnight. This certainly is a welcome sight to any winter enthusiast. And to take advantage of the conditions, it’s off to the nearest park with a snow-covered hill.
It is the middle of winter and a fresh, generous layer of snow covered the area overnight. This certainly is a welcome sight to any winter enthusiast. And to take advantage of the conditions, it’s off to the nearest park with a snow-covered hill. But if the hill just doesn’t provide enough excitement, get your group, association, organization or friends and family and contact the Greater Flint YMCA Camp Copneconic (CC) for information about their fantastic toboggan run. While there are no hard statistics regarding the number of bona fide toboggan runs in Michigan, CC’s is a true gem. That’s right, a professionally built nostalgic wooden toboggan run right in our own “backyard.”
Christened the Buick City Toboggan Run and built by carpenters in the General Motors Jobs Bank program back in 1990, this impressive structure is situated in a strategic area of CC’s grounds. Walk up the structure’s stairs and load your toboggan, sled or saucer on the mechanical launching ramp and then hold on! This ramp is 12 feet off the ground and effectively propels the vessel down a 100-foot long snow-covered chute. The exit of the chute is tactically positioned at the crest of a naturally existing hill, which serves to further propel the hurtling vessel.
Brandon Dreffs, CC’s executive director with 15 years of experience at CC, says the first major snowfall is always looked forward to by the year-round professional staff as they all line up at the snowy toboggan run. Then it’s “game on” to see who can reach the frozen Lake Copneconic, no matter what winter sledding device is used. In addition to the season’s bragging rights, legend has it that when a person or team makes it to the very edge of the frozen lake, the Native American spirits who once roamed this same land rekindle their excitement of happy times and bestow a season of good luck to all the successful challengers.
While walk-ins are not permitted on the Buick City Toboggan Run due to regularly scheduled year-round organized programming, Dreffs encourages any group to organize their contingent and contact CC to make arrangements for a toboggan outing. There is only one rule: no complaints about the weather! As Brandon Dreffs says, “It’s never bad weather – it’s always bad clothing!”
For more information on Camp Copneconic’s toboggan run located at
10407 North Fenton Road in Fenton Township,
call 810 629 9622 or visit : https://www.campcopneconic.org/