View Poll Results: Your sledding device preference:
Runner sled 28 25.00%
Wood toboggan 10 8.93%
Plastic toboggan 17 15.18%
Snow tube 12 10.71%
Saucer sled 12 10.71%
Airboard 0 0%
Cardboard box 0 0%
A flattened piece of cardboard 3 2.68%
Something else/nothing 9 8.04%
I'm just going to go wait in the lodge for you guys to finish 21 18.75%
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:33 AM
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Let's go sledding! What do you choose?


You find yourself at the top of a massive snowy hill. No trees or other obstacles in the way, it's just hill and soft snow. Behind you is a collection of various types of recreational sledding devices.

What do you choose? (links are example images)

Classic runner sled
Traditional wood toboggan
Plastic toboggan
Snow tube
Saucer sled
Airboard (an inflatable bodyboard)
A cardboard box
Cardboard sheet
Something else
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:41 AM
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I'm kind of partial to the snow tube. Maybe the saucer. I like the total lack of control, and that it will spin around.

Growing up we generally just borrowed whatever anyone would lend us, or we just went with the cardboard. It worked fine.
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I'm just going to go wait in the lodge for you guys to finish

I got, you know, bones and shit. I'll be sipping some cocoa.
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I spent my childhood sledding on a piece of cardboard box, and I see no reason to change now.

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I'm just going to go wait in the lodge for you guys to finish

I got, you know, bones and shit. I'll be sipping some cocoa.
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Skis.
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Old 02-19-2020, 12:02 PM
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If I had my way I'd use a plastic toboggan but one with levers that you can use to steer so you don't have to rely on your hands and balance. I've never used a runner sled to see if they steer as well or are as comfortable.
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Old 02-19-2020, 12:20 PM
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I'm just going to go wait in the lodge for you guys to finish

My gf owns skis and all the accoutrements. I'll drive with her to Seven Springs, but I spend the day in The Foggy Goggle.
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I grew up using a classic runner sled but you forgot a whole category, the foam sled which is what I'd probably use for downhill...unless I'm out on the trails in snowshoes.
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snow tubing is fun, with a rope tow up the hill- can get some speed up and gotta clear way at the bottom o fthe hill.


but to go outside today and take one pass down my hill, it's magic cardboard ride - that's it!~

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When I was a kid we had a metal saucer sled. The neighbor kids had a classic runner sled. Their runner sled always went farther than our saucer, therefore I choose the runner sled. I suspect a good coat of wax on the bottom of the saucer might have improved its performance, though.

Now I live in California so I have to drive up to the mountains if I want to go sledding.
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A plastic food tray from the university commons like we did in college. Man, those things could fly! The real challenge was to stand on it and try to stay upright while rocketing down that steep slope just down from the dorm.
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Snow Tube all the way! They're comfortable, cushion bumps, and due to their large surface area, they can glide over types of snow that lesser sledding options get bogged down in.
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No love for shovels?
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I've pretty much only ever used the plastic toboggan and my kids have followed suit.
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When I was a kid in the SF Bay Area, we'd slide down the dead-brown-grass-covered hills on flattened cardboard boxes. I've paid my dues. I'll be in the lodge with a nice, dark ale.
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I voted "something else" because you haven't lived (or maybe died) until you've tried sliding down an icy hill on a large cafeteria tray. Chances of ending up with the tray still under you are pretty slim.
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I live a slow life. Speeding down a hill of icy stuff doesn't seem prudent ()
Move over Burpo, you don't own the lodge sofa!
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Old 02-19-2020, 06:05 PM
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I voted "something else" -- I want a Slalom Lenkung Schobob ski bike, the kind used by The Beatles in Help!
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I live a slow life. Speeding down a hill of icy stuff doesn't seem prudent ()
Move over Burpo, you don't own the lodge sofa!
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I grew up using a classic runner sled but you forgot a whole category, the foam sled which is what I'd probably use for downhill...unless I'm out on the trails in snowshoes.
Yup, foam sled all the way. Fast, the illusion that you have more control than a saucer (but not really), and that extra inch of cushion between you and the bumps.
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Not that I'd want to launch myself down a snowy/icy hill on such a contraption anymore*, but I'm nostalgic for the classic wooden sled of my childhood.

*it was really fun at the bottom where three sledding hills converged, plus you had to be careful not to careen into an icy creek. Good times.
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I'll be in the lodge. Not that I have anything against sledding, but with my back and knee problems I don't think I could make it back up the hill.
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I've never sledded, but would if I had the chance, and the snow tube appealed to me because of the pre-deployed airbag aspect.
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I had a runner sled as a kid, but there wasn't a lot of snow in Southern Maryland, so my opinion doesn't mean much. Now I'm happy that the nearest possibility of sled-able snow is 500 miles away.

Is there cocoa in the lodge? And turn up the heat!
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I voted plastic. When I was a kid (5-7) I had a metal saucer sled - we called them flying saucers. I also had a wooden sled with metal runners. Neither of them worked well if the snow was fresh and not already packed down. When I was a little older Mini-boggans were all the rage. They were a sheet of blue plastic with a yellow rope handle that came rolled up tight. The kids that had them worked all winter to get them to lay flat. I, of course, didn't have the name brand plastic sled (never had name brand anything!). Mine was an orange, flat sheet of plastic with a white racing stripe. That was one time that I was happy with the knock-off! I went down the hill like a rocket, while the kids with the real Mini-boggans struggled at the top of the hill trying to unroll their plastic enough to be able to sit on it. Those plastic sleds were so nice and light weight and easy to take back up the hill.

The zoo had a huge hill and they let the kids come in and slide all winter. We called it sliding, not sledding. The zoo was within walking distance so my friend and I spent hours and hours sliding. Some of my best memories.
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I had a runner sled as a kid, but the runners were too narrow and just sunk into the sort of snow that we had so it never really worked. I think it was meant for hard pack or ice. As a result I'm choosing the opposite and going with a uncontrolled saucer.
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The simple flat plastic, roll-up things. Put the toes of my boots in the handholds, lean back and fly. Basically as simple a geometry as you can get.

(The linked one is probably too small for an adult. But bigger ones abound.)
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I voted "something else" because you haven't lived (or maybe died) until you've tried sliding down an icy hill on a large cafeteria tray. Chances of ending up with the tray still under you are pretty slim.
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I had a runner sled as a kid, but there wasn't a lot of snow in Southern Maryland, so my opinion doesn't mean much. Now I'm happy that the nearest possibility of sled-able snow is 500 miles away.

Is there cocoa in the lodge? And turn up the heat!
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As (1) a child of the tropic and (2) well into my middle years, I shall retire to the lodge with the other fine folk and the cocoa, taking a pause to pour myself a cognac on the side.


(Though as MrDibble points out, the snow tube's preinstalled airbag would lead me to lean in that direction, were I to have one too many cognacs and too high a confidence in my health insurer's coverage...)

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I too was once drawn to the apparent cushioning of the snow tube. On my first ride, I realized they are incredibly bouncy, and a little bump where you might catch a couple inches of air on a normal sled can send you a few feet in the air. It's a blast as a kid, and very painful as an adult.
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Haven't had a runner sled since childhood, but my recollection is that if you had a hill and soft, unbroken snow, it took awhile to develop a good run for the sled. Once you had a somewhat packed surface, the sled was great. But gimme the plastic toboggan to start off with.

Here in the DC area, it looks like a moot point for this winter. I think I saw a few flakes mixed in with the rain one day. And we're a week away from March.
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I too was once drawn to the apparent cushioning of the snow tube. On my first ride, I realized they are incredibly bouncy, and a little bump where you might catch a couple inches of air on a normal sled can send you a few feet in the air. It's a blast as a kid, and very painful as an adult.
I picked this because the photo made it look comfortable; now I need to change my vote
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We had a metal toboggan when I was a kid. It kicked ass compared to what other kids at my school were using (mostly wooden toboggans or crazy carpets). It was a little bit heavier but that just made it go farther.
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First of all, I would never willingly go where it's cold and snowy. But should I find myself in such a situation, like say I was a hostage and they dumped me at the top of a hill, I'd prefer a tube or a saucer. But once at the bottom, I'd definitely stay at the lodge what has all the bourbonses.

Also, you lose points for no option for "frozen corpse of your friends/relatives"
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Aside from being sad and old, I've never been sledding. Though we occasionally got snow, it was never heavy, didn't settle on the ground long, and it'd be gone by midday. It just wasn't a thing where I lived.

And now I wouldn't want to, and wouldn't know where to start.

I've also never been on a roller coaster or even a ferris wheel. These things just weren't around in my childhood at a level I could participate in. The best I had was an extremely safe chair-o-plane swing ride thingummy.

Anyway, I picked the last option.
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Loose powder? Gimme a saucer.

When I was in high school the pump station right next to my house had a 1/2 mile long driveway that would get all iced up and was perfect for the runner-type sled.
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There was a hill in Schenley Park that would have been a great sled riding hill, other than the fact that it ended right at a road. When we were (?)8 I went sled riding an that hill with a friend who lived nearby. Our parents had no idea where we were and would have shit themselves if they knew.

We rode our runner sleds down the hill several times, rolling off near the end, holding onto a rope tied to the sled, coming to a stop a few feet from the road. On my final run I rolled off but didn't have a grasp of my rope, so my sled went out onto the road where it was run over by a car.

The car stopped and the driver got out, freaking out because he thought he'd hit a kid on a sled. Meanwhile, we were running away, laughing.
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We've got an assortment of plastic, foam, and runner sleds as well as saucers. I personally like to use the ~1950 Flexible Flyer my father passed on to me. It helps that we have a decent sledding hill a mere 100 yards from our front door.
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I only ever used a runner sled so thatís what I picked.
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I'm just going to go wait in the lodge for you guys to finish

I got, you know, bones and shit. I'll be sipping some cocoa.
Ditto.

Although I do have a classic toboggan, a classic sled [the 4 foot long one that also steers] and a pair of old 30s vintage alpine skis, and my competition Castle cross country skis from high school knocking around the house near Rochester NY ...

My ability to climb hills and enjoy sledding or skiing of any sort are long over. I might be convinced to borrow someones skidoo however. I still absolutely love winter, I think it is in my bones and blood. My favorite thing to do is sit somewhere near a roaring fire, or wood stove with glass windows where I can sit comfortably with hot coffee and a book and look out to see falling snow. This would be amazing.

Who wants to join me, I have a huge pot of beef stew, a few loaves of fresh baked bread, some apple cobbler and a fresh pot of coffee waiting ... oddly enough I am playing Lord of the Rings online and watching The Two Towers right now as well... [bread today is a simple 'Italian Feather Bread' from Beard on Bread]
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I've lived nearly all on the list (and then some), but big black over-sized inner tubes were our mode of sledding! We were the envy of all on the slopes!
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Growing up, our neighbors had a genuine bobsled which we tried out a few times but always, always landed in or crossed the creek. That thing just went too far and it was hell lugging it back up the hill. We lost interest pretty quickly.
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I voted for a plastic toboggan. Despite trying a score of times in a bunch of different types of snow, we never got a runner sled to go anywhere.
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Two things popped into my mind when I read the OP. First was the red saucer sled we had that was all kinds of great when I was was a kid. The second was, I think they called them Magic Carpet Toboggans - thin sheets of plastic with a couple of holes for your hands which sucked.
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I'm trying to figure out whether my dogsled and team of Huskies would survive the downward trip.
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Back in the olden days, when it still snowed in the winter, there was a large hill near our house which had an undeveloped lot at the top. We had runner sleds - which had the advantage of being somewhat steerable (important, as the lots at the *bottom* of that hill had houses on them). So I've got some fondness for the style.

If control isn't a worry, give me a snow tube. Many ski resorts actually have tubing hills with lifts, to attract non-skiers, and I've had loads of fun at those. Though I do remember one trip, where the combination of weather in previous days led to the surface having a bit more true *ice* than was ideal, my inability to control it led to my smacking, HARD, into the bank of snow at the end of the run. That could have injured me surprisingly badly if I'd hit at a slightly different angle - as it was, my neck hurt for a bit.

For my own kids, we just got a couple of the plastic saucer sleds - we don't have enough snow around here that there are many opportunities to sled, and the one hill nearby is across a busy road, so they didn't have many opportunities.

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