Sled track is a 'memory maker'

Families celebrate Olympics with backyard luge track
Associated Press
Feb 19, 2014

Two Michigan families are celebrating the Olympics with a massive sled track they built into a backyard hill.

WILX-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1fvnqSn ) the Baker and Hines families came up with the idea for a luge track in Mason, located southeast of Lansing.

The course is about 200 feet long and includes a tunnel and a rendering of the Olympic rings. Doug Hines said they used two tractors with front-end loaders to create the course. He said it took about three days to build and a few hours to cover with ice.

His wife, Amy Hines, said "it's a memory maker" for the kids.

Family members and guests use sleds to speed down the curving course. Thad Baker says daily maintenance is done to ensure safety.