Sledding, sledding or tobogganing is a worldwide winter activity, exercised most often in a prone or seated position requiring a device or vehicle generically known as a sled or toboggan. It is the basis of three Olympic sports: luge, skeleton, and bobsledding, all of which are based on sled principles.



There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on a sled. All you need is a good hill. Just grab your tube, toboggan, or saucer for hours of entertainment. Sledding is fun for all ages, but toddlers should ride with a parent, and should be well-bundled in layers to stay warm and cushion their tumbles.



The first ride down a hill on a sled determines the alleyway of the sled for further runs down the hill. It is vital to steer the sled along the most thrilling path, perhaps adding twists and turns to make the run down the hill speedier or more thrilling. Other techniques consist of turning around, lying on the stomach, or closing both eyes. Running up to a sled and jumping onto it can create extra momentum and improve ride speed. This technique can be referred to as “Flopping.”


There are four types of sleds commonly used nowadays: runner sleds, toboggans, disks, tubes, and backcountry sleds. Each type has advantages and disadvantages if one is trying to get the most out of a given slope.


With the control of a backcountry sled, aerobatics become possible. Sledding off cliffs and doing tricks off jumps is known as extreme sledding.