|Posted by earlybird on September 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM|
The cold is starting to set in, and we are getting ready for sled season. Here's the sleds that belong to each club member.
*Two zipfys (Sir Benjamin the first)
*About three reasonably functional toboggans, belonging to various members
*Two kneeboards (Belonging to Horsefanatic and toadee)
*One round toboggan-type sled (Earlybird)
*Two inner tubes (Earlybird and ballerina)
*Whatever sleds mickayla has.
However, not all of this works in all snow. We do not know how inner tubes work on anything (Our guess is ice with packed snow or powder and packed snow), but this is our findings from last year.
With loose, fresh, powdery snow, zipfys or toboggans typically work best. Runner sleds should work okay. If this is a layer less than an inch thick, the sleds do fine pretty much anywhere as long as there is a compact snow base. Deeper powder slows most sleds down and you need to establish a good trail.
Packed down snow works on almost all sleds. If this is smooth packed snow with a fairly steep hill, this is prime kneeboard snow. Kneeboards tend to want a very specific type of snow in order to go at a good speed.
Sheer Ice--Ice is a tricky one, because if you are on a good toboggan or a runner sled (We may be able to borrow a runner sled) it is all to easy to spin out of control. It is best to sled slowly at first, whatever you are using, and get a feel for it before you start experimenting or going fast. Runner sleds are amazing here, and some good toboggans work well too. Zipfys are usually pretty good here, too, although it depends on the ice. Kneeboards are not good here.
Ice with powder on top--This is great for zipfys, runner sleds and toboggans. You may need to experiment with establishing trails, depending on the powder and ice.
Ice with packed snow on top--this can be good with anything, but trail establishment may need to be fiddled with, depending on the snow you are using.
We are hoping to have a great sled season!
Coming soon: Winter and skiing plans, and pics of our sledding areas.