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Winter Outdoor Activities ~ Sleds and Tobogganing in Snow ~ Family Adventure

Updated on February 27, 2016

Tobogganing down a snowy hillside


Family fun ideas

The winter snows have finally arrived! Everything is blanketed with a dazzling whiteness and the air is crisp and clean. It is time for some winter outdoor activities and family adventure. Sledding and tobogganing fit nicely into this picture!

What kid would not enjoy sliding down a snow packed hill on his or her sled whizzing by the shrubs and trees that are embellished in that frost-kissed robe of sparkling white?

Whether it is a saucer type of sled or an old flexible flyer sled or even a baby sled, these fun times spent will create lasting memories.

And who better to spend these precious moments with than one's family?

Sledding fun



Family fun

My younger brothers and I grew up in the country-side of Wisconsin with acres of land surrounding our home.

There was a hill behind us that seemed big to us when we were little.

Many years later after I was married and was showing my husband our family home and the surrounding area, that hill no longer seemed as big. Actually the home had shrunk in size as well!

Funny how things seem to shrink in size as we get bigger!

In any case, that hill was large enough for us to do some sledding and we often took advantage of it.

We had the old wooden slatted sleds with the ability to control the direction of our downward descent and became quite good at it with practice.

Over and over again we would slide down the hill and pull the sled back up to the top only to remount the sled and once again fly back down the hill.

Those were fun times!

When my mother was a child and sledding down hills, their dog Jiggs would often ride down with them and he would pull the sled back up the hill!

Shih Tzu dogs on a sled

Thought that I would throw this photo of some of my cousin's Shih Tzu dogs on a sled in here for fun.
Thought that I would throw this photo of some of my cousin's Shih Tzu dogs on a sled in here for fun. | Source

Toboggan party


Drawing of Toboggan


Tobogganing at University of Wisconsin - Madison -1929


Vintage picture of ladies in a Toboggan Race


Cleveland Metroparks Tobogganing

Wooden toboggan

Toboggans are mostly used for recreational fun in this day and time although their original use and that of sleds for that matter were utilitarian.

Putting goods or small children onto sleds and toboggans and pulling it behind one during times of the year when snow covered the ground was an efficient way of transporting those goods or children as opposed to trying to carry them.

My family had a wooden toboggan which was hauled out of the basement and put into use each winter season.

How I remember those days with glee!

That hill behind our house was not really large or long enough to provide our family with enough downhill excitement to make it pay so we did one of two things.

There was a golf course that had larger hills and several times a season my Dad would transport the toboggan and all of us to that location.

It was an orchestrated effort to link ourselves all together with the legs of the person in back hugging the person in front and also using our arms to become interlinked.

Once everything was set with my Dad being in back and my youngest brother in front of the curved face of the toboggan we would go sailing down the hill amidst gales of laughter.

The other thing my Dad did to provide some fun for us on flat land near our home was to attach the toboggan to the back of his car with ropes while we would be on the toboggan sled behind.

He would purposely make curves and once again laughing and trying to stay on the toboggan, at some point we would all lose our grip and be scattered like fallen leaves into the soft banks of snow.

Such was the simple kind of fun we had while tobogganing in the winter. It still brings a smile to my face!

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Togoggan run!

Outdoor family fun

Vivid were my mother's memories of tobogganing in Washington Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when she was a child.

After eating an early supper, her family would go to the park with their toboggan.

A special ramp and stairway allowed access to the top of a wooden structure that had been built. After working their way up in line they would carefully align themselves onto the toboggan and after being launched their descent first took them down the ramp and then onto the long sloping hill below amidst much hilarity and laughter.

The park and especially the toboggan run was well illuminated and this was often a night-time activity for them. The kiss of cold air would have their cheeks well rouged while they attempted to hang on to those toboggan ropes as they raced down the hill over and over again.

sledding / togogganing in Switzerland...Looks like fun!

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Shih Tzu dogs on a sled

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      It was fun growing up as a kid in the north where we had snow every winter. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting read, Peggy. I can see you had a lot of fun with these activities. Unfortunately where I live there is no snow and hills either, though it would be wonderful to just experience it.

      Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      If you haven't written a hub about should! Sounds like it would be interesting. Nice that you also have some memories of sledding and tobogganing when you were a child. Not much chance of it where we both live in Texas! We broke a record regarding heat here in Houston yesterday. 89 degrees! Today and the next few weeks it is again more moderate, thank heavens. Thanks for your votes and the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This hub looked really good when I was trying to decide which one to read this time. It's 87 degrees outside and I'm trying to leave the a/c off as long as possible. I thought looking at pictures of snow and thinking snow might help me accomplish that. ;)

      Looks like you had a lot of fun in the snow. I had a sled as a child and rode a toboggan a few times, but I have to say that snowmobiling is my favorite along those lines.

      One does have to use sense with a snow mobile since they'll easily go 60 mph and more. No running into fences or onto ponds and lakes -- people drown every year going through the ice in this situation, and when they run into barbed wire fences at high speed they tend to lose their heads -- literally. Bad idea.

      Also, it's unwise to wear clothing like long winter scarves that can get caught up in the track and strangle you. That happens too, because people don't stop and think. I guess they're more into looking good than staying alive.

      It's usually a good thing if you're snowmobiling at night in the moonlight to stay on familiar ground so you don't end up in the lake or headless. It's usually wise too, not to go too fast in unfamiliar territory, day or night. Best to scope it out first and even then be prepared for changes that may take place before you get back again.

      Great hub. Makes me long for a bit of snow. I know it's just the beginning and I'll be wanting a blizzard in a few weeks. Voting up, interesting, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I have to was more fun when I was a kid playing in the snow than as an adult trying to drive on snowy and icy streets, shoveling the snow, etc. No problem for me now living in Houston, Texas. Ah, but I have my memories! :)

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