Yooper Luge: City street turned into sledding hill

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Luger Avery Abbott sets off down the hill after Saturday’s Yooper Luge in downtown Houghton.

HOUGHTON — Isle Royale Street was transformed once again into a snowy pathway for sledders Saturday during the annual Yooper Luge.

The luge has been going on for about 10 years, said Mayor Pro Tem Robert Megowen, who supervised the luge. This year’s contest had two official entries, one decorated as a tank.

“It was really cool,” Megowen said.

The event has been canceled twice in previous years due to weather, so reduce the chance of unseasonable warmth, it was moved up a week.

“There’s nothing worse than having it rain when you’re trying to do this,” he said.

After the official contest, a crowd of about 20 kids spent the next half-hour taking turns sledding down the hill, which ran from Shelden Avenue to Lakeshore Drive.

The Houghton Department of Public Works had the course built by Friday, when it had drawn about 30 children by 8 p.m., Megowen said. Police finally shooed the last sledders away around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, he said.

“Once the college kids got there, they were a little bit too loud,” Megowen said. “But it was great.”

Saturday, Avery Abbott went down the hill an estimated 15 to 20 times. Her father, Vincent Abbott, had learned about it at work.

“I think we’re going to build one next year, right?” he asked Avery.

“A bigger one!” she replied.