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Winter Activities: Sledding

Posted by Sharon Harrington on

When searching for ways to get outside this season, don’t overlook the classic winter sport of sledding down a hill. Whether you’re five or ninety-five, the crunch of snow below your sled as you creep over the edge of a hill followed by the gush of cold, winter wind on your face can’t be beat!

What to buy:

Maybe nothing! You’ll want something to sit on, but an old cardboard box will do the trick. If you want something that will hold up for more than one afternoon, go with a plastic sled. If you’re in for a thrill, a foam sled will shoot you down the hill faster. If you’re nostalgic, get a good, old-fashioned wooden toboggan. Whatever you decide, make sure it’ll sit more than one person because everyone is going to want to join in on the fun.

Where to go:

Find a public place with a good slope. This could be a hill behind a school, a park or even a mound of snow in a recently-plowed parking lot. It doesn’t have to be big to be thrilling.

If you would rather go tubing than snowing, check your local ski resorts. Most have a smaller tubing area that requires an hourly (or season) pass. They’ll provide all the equipment, even a lift back up the hill!

Special techniques:

Snow that has been packed down works better to get your sled started. If you find yourself only sinking into the white stuff instead of gliding along the top, try to distribute your weight more evenly inside the sled. Alternatively, use your hands to apply weight to the center of the sled and move it back and forth a few times to make a “starting track” for the sled.

Good to know:

It may not feel like exercise, but each time you whiz down the hill, you’ll have to climb back up! Dress in layers so that you don’t get overheated.

Simple, but timeless, sledding is a great way to spend time outdoors with the entire family this winter! Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed. 

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