Riding the naturbahn

Tristan Vidlund navigates a curve on Lucy Hill.

By Michael Murray, Photos courtesy of  Tom Skelding

Every winter at Lucy Hill in Negaunee, Tammy Wills gets to relive part of her childhood. As a 9-year-old more than three decades ago, Wills went with a friend to a public sliding event sponsored by a local luge club. Her friend thought once was enough, but Wills was hooked. She begged her parents to take her back the next day and has been involved in the sport ever since.

Wills now wears multiple hats for the Upper Peninsula Luge Club: secretary, coordinator of the club’s Heikki Lunta Festival, and coach. In this last role, she has the privilege of introducing dozens of children to the thrills of luge every year.

“When I see kids out there, around 8 or 9 years old, and they’re sliding down the hill again and again, I see myself at that age,” she said.

Winter in the U.P. is more than a season; it’s a way of life. Some people celebrate it. Some tolerate it. But no one can ignore it. Those of us who live here have come up with any number of ways to make peace with winter: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat-tire biking, ski jumping, ice fishing, ice climbing, ice hockey, even luging…

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