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Sledding is a wonderful, family activity, bringing everyone together for a fun day of zooming down snow covered hills. It’s the perfect way to get both kids and adults outside for some fresh air, laughter and winter memories. In the spirit of sledding fun, here are 10 sled suggestions that promise a great time and tips to make it the best adventure ever.
Sledding Tips to Boost Speed
Spray a lubricant, like Pam cooking spray or WD40 on the bottom of your sled, saucer, tube or toboggan to reduce friction and make your sled fly.
To boost speed on a saucer, increase the amount of weight on it or buy a smaller saucer. More weight on a reduced surface size creates more speed when going downhill.
Pick a sled with metal runners. Runners or rails works like ice skates by focusing the weight on two narrow runners to make you go faster.
The steeper the hill, the more gravity will pull you down, and of course, the faster you will go.
Sled on a packed trail, compacted snow creates less friction for your sled, so you go faster.
Sledding Tips for Safety
Kids should always wear a helmet — no exceptions! Sleds can go really fast, and a hit to the head at those speeds can cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
Look out for obstacles like trees, fence posts, gates, rocks, poles and do not sled near them.
Do not sled down public streets or hills with a road at the bottom.
Do not sled on a hill that empties near a river, lakes or pond as you never know how far the sled might go and you don’t want to end up in the icy waters
Always use a sled specifically designed for sledding do not use makeshift items like cardboard boxes, tarps, trays or river tubes as they could be dangerous to use
Saucers and inflatable sleds and tubes are harder to steer. Sleds with rails and runners are easier to steer.
Snow tubes are perfect for big, deep powder days, where sleds with runners will sink in. Inflatable tubes allows weight to be spread over a larger surface area and allows you to “coast” on top of the snow.
Durable 2-Layer bottom so it is very durable and fast.
Made of environmentally-friendly 0.6 mm K80 PVC+PVC coating laminated fabric. It is resistant to extreme cold temperature, up to -40 degrees.
Advanced seamless bonding technique, is leak proof and tear-resistant.
Can hold up to 500 pounds.
Ultra-thick, anti-scratch material
Super big with a 47″ (120 cm) diameter makes it, big enough for both children and adults.
Streamlined circle design without any protrusions to protect children’s safety.
Quick inflation & deflation; large, 3 in 1 inflatable valve, just use an air pump to inflate and it is ready in seconds.
Double locking valve guarantees tight air seal.
Sturdy safety grab handles are built to be durable and long lasting.
Flexible Flyer Snow Screamer
These foam sleds are ideal for kids (or adults) who hate to carry a heavier, bigger sled back up the hill. These lightweight sleds can go super fast and are super fun but due to their lightweight status they are usually not as durable as other sleds.
2-person foam sled is perfect for families.
Lightweight makes it easy for kids to carry
4 handles ensure that both riders have a secure grip
Thick cushioned foam bobsled absorbs bumps, providing a smooth ride
Made of 1” polyethylene foam laminated between a durable top layer and a super-slick crack-resistant hard plastic bottom.
Slick super sled bottom is really fast
For even more speed, wax sled bottom
Ideal for adults and kids age 5 and up.
Size: 47 x 21. 5 x 2 inches.
Weight: 3 lbs.
Holds up to 250 lbs.
ESP 66″ Family Fun Toboggan
This supersized, loooong toboggan allows the whole family to ride together and the combined weight of 3-4 people makes this sled go really fast on hard packed trails once it gets started. Best for long, tracked trails.
66 inches long, this toboggan can fit several kids and adults together.
Delicately molded tracking rails create a perfectly straight ride.
Multi-purpose sled is ideal for sledding fun or to carry tools, wood, hunting gear and more
Folded edge prevents snow from flinging up into the sled and keeps riders dry
Available in Green, Orange and Arctic Blue
Pile on and hit the hill.
Made from polyethylene plastic, so it is lightweight and durable
Freeze-tested and protects against cracking.
Perfect for tall or multiple riders
Towrope included for easy transportation
Designed and made in the USA
Flexible Flyer Metal Runner Sled
This is the classic metal runner sled that has been loved since the 1950s. Its a classic and for a good reason, when you to go fast on a hard pack trail, this is the sled for you.
Classic, vintage steering sled with powder coated steel runners
Easy to steer even while holding a child in your lap.
Carves turns with maximum control.
Can be steered lying down with your hands, or in a seated position with your feet, or with a rope (not included) attached to the steering bar
Made of smooth birch wood
Sled features triple knee construction
ideal for ages 5 and up.
Measures 60 x 20. 5 x 6. 5 Inches.
Weight: 14 lbs.
Holds up to 250 lbs.
Comes fully assembled
The sleds come in variety of sizes: 42”, 48”, 54” & 60”
Franklin Sports Arctic Trails Snow Saucer
Saucers are the little red sports car of the sledding hill. Perfectly sized for one person, these saucers are quick and slick on the downhill but due to their design, they are not easy to steer and offer little control. So just hang on, have fun and enjoy the ride!
Stainless steel leaf spring steering for precision turns on the hill.
Nylon carry strap for pulling the sled back up the hill
Holds up to 220 pounds
Polycarbonate front skis combined with the slick HDPE rear skis guarantee the fastest ride possible
Size: 51″ x 22.5″ sled
Due to the fast velocity created by this serious sledding machine, it is recommended to wear a helmet when sledding.
Slippery Racer Downhill Xtreme Toboggan
Slippery Racer is a leading brand in the sledding world, known for quality and dependability. Their quintessential sled has been designed and expertly crafted for wintertime fun. This classic sled promises hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike.
48 inch sled accommodates 1-2 riders
Made of heavy-duty, slick-coated flex plastic
Coated with Slippery Racer ice vex cold-resistant treatment
Pull rope included for easy haul back up the hill
1-Year factory warranty
Measures 48″ (L) x 18″ (w) x 5.5″ (H)
Sleek, aerodynamic shape is designed for maximum speed and agility.
Higher flex ratio than any sled on the market today,
. Available in Red, Blue and Green
GoFloats Winter Dragon Snow Tube
Get ready for some fun on this inflatable ice dragon snow tube, or flamingo, or penguin, polar bear or Unicorn. You will be life of the party and the center of attention with this unique, unforgettable sled.
Sled down snowy hills in style.
Designed with life-like frost fire and dragon scales
Unique rapid inflation valve allows for faster inflation than traditional valves
2 built-in handles for stability
Comfortable ride at 45” wide and fun for adults and kids (always use with adult supervision on a designated sledding hill)
Repair patch kit included.
Thick material is specifically built to hold up for countless uses.
The center of the tube is closed, with an extra high “seat” for improved comfort and to keep your bottom from touching the snow.
Perfect for the youngest member in your family, this baby boggan is perfect for pulling babies and toddlers around on snowy trails. Great way to get your smaller tykes outside on winter days while having a ton of fun!
Safe/secure single-seater baby sled
Ideal for babies and toddlers up to about 3 years old
Extra-high backed seat, high walls and flared base keeps baby secure
Wide, stable design offers lots of comfort and support
Raised foot-support rails and seat area keep baby above the snow.
Padded seat and adjustable snap-lock seat belt keeps baby in the seat.
Extra-long towrope makes it easy for parents to pull their kiddos.
Diamond polished bottom, for a low-friction surface
Available in a variety of Day Glow colors
Freeze & Impact tested
Made in the USA
Flexible Flyer 6 ft. Classic Toboggan
This classic, wooden toboggan can seriously fit ALL the kids and is so durable it will last for years and years. Invest in a sled pad to make those trips downhill comfortable and much softer.
Beautifully crafted, wooden 6 ft. traditional toboggan
Handcrafted in the USA
Made from seven Northern Hardrock Maple solid wood planks.
Outer and center slats have dark rich walnut accent stain
Includes two ropes for east transport
Seats five adults
68 inches long.
Constructed in Canada
Recommend for ages 5 years and up.
Steam bent hood.
16.75 inches width x 72 inches long
Weight: 11 pounds
A sled pad is recommended for this sled.
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We hope you found this article about the best sleds for snow helpful. What is your favorite tip for a fun day of sledding? What is your favorite type of sled, inflatable tube, wooden toboggan, plastic sled, or classic saucer or something else? What’s your favorite part of a day of sledding with family and friends? We would love to hear your thoughts, comments and stories. Thanks for reading!