ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on February 27, 2016

Tobogganing down a snowy hillside

Source

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

Tobogganing

Source

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

Source

Drawing of Toboggan

Source

Tobogganing at University of Wisconsin - Madison -1929

Source

Vintage picture of ladies in a Toboggan Race

Source

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!


A markerMilwaukee, Wisconsin -
Milwaukee, WI, USA
get directions

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!

Do you have memories of sledding and/or tobogganing?

See results

Shih Tzu dogs on a sled

To see more of these costumed beauties go here:  http://peggy-w.hubpages.com/hub/Merry-Christmas-Greeting-Card-with-Five-Shih-Tzu-Beauties
To see more of these costumed beauties go here: http://peggy-w.hubpages.com/hub/Merry-Christmas-Greeting-Card-with-Five-Shih-Tzu-Beauties | Source

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      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.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      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.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      If you haven't written a hub about snowmobiling...you 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.

    • Au fait profile image

      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!

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I have to admit...it 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! :)

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I hate the cold. I'm just fine in a nice warm house. If it were up to me I wouldn't go outside in the winter ever.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Our sledding and tobogganing came to an abrupt halt when my parents moved from Wisconsin to South Texas. I never did go snowmobiling like you did. What didn't you like about it? Just the cold? I always thought that it might be fun. Thanks for your comment.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have lived here many, many years and never went sledding here. We call it sliding. As a child I remember it well living in NY.

      We did lots of snowmobiling in our younger days. Hated every minute of it.

      Our kids love all the winter sports.

      Enjoyed your hub

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      I remember all to well the "fun" of driving on icy and snowy roads! Not fun at all. Sledding and toboganning however was so much fun. Thanks for your comment and stay safe on those roads!

    • SanneL profile image

      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Looking out the window, it would be perfect to go for a sled ride right now, seeing all the fresh snow we got today. However, just coming back sledding with my car on the snowy road, It is enough of excitement for one day! But sledding was very much a part of my youth. So much fun!

      I love your vintage pictures and your cousin's Shih Tzu dogs are always great fun.

      Peggy, yet another beautiful and interesting hub from you!

      Voted up and awesome!

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Will hit the century mark again today. Oh for a good toboggan ride or sled ride right now to cool us off. We can dream, can't we? :)))

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Just reading your sledding hub makes me feel cooler today and that is a blessing in Houston today!

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello firemanak,

      If we lived in snow country we would probably still enjoy sledding and tobogganing as winter outdoor activities...but alas...it is not to be in Houston, Texas.

      As to the old postcards...I have a bunch of them from the days when my grandparents used to travel, etc. The ones in this hub are from the listed source. It is fun to see these old postcards! What type do you collect?

    • profile image

      firemanak 6 years ago

      Peggy,

      We lived in the county and loved sledding and did it as a family.. still do it when I get a chance, and don't plan to stop till I am dead and in the ground..

      Also love the post cards, do you collect? I collect old post cards, some of them would look very nice ;>) in my collection...lol

      have a great Christmas holiday

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      It is definitely a fun time when winter outdoor activities permit sledding and tobogganing. Even though I have now spent the majority of my life in the South, I am happy to have those memories. Ah...those shrinking hills! Haha!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I grew up across the lake from you in southwestern Michigan. My friends and I did a lot of sledding and tobogganing back in the day. As you say, it was terrific fun. And yes—those huge hills don't look so big anymore. :)

      Thanks for a fine Hub that brought back cherished memories.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello getgoingcanada,

      Tobogganing and sledding are now memories for me also since we live in Houston, Texas. Our winter outdoor activites are quite different down here due to warmer weather. Thanks for the visit and comment.

    • profile image

      getgoingcanada 6 years ago

      This brings back a lot of memories...

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Togogganing and sledding days spent with my family only lasted until we all moved to South Texas in 1960. Winter outdoor activites took on an entirely different meaning down there. No snow, obviously! At least I have my memories! :-)

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Beautiful fun Peggy! Thank you for these good times!

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      Nice to hear that you also enjoyed and still enjoy the winter outdoor activities of sledding. How about tobogganing? Did you also do that as a family adventure? It is such a fond memory of mine when we lived up north. Thanks for the comment.

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Loved sledding as a kid - we would drive into the Cascade Mountains about an hour from our Seattle, WA home. Today, we have snow most of the winter in Central Oregon, and the sledding hill is only 20 minutes away (if the kids haven't created a sled hill from the piles of snow scraped from the road with snowplows) - great hub! Love it!!

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Nice that you also got to experience sledding and tobogganing with your family in the winter. I fondly remember those days!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You have brought back all my childhood memories. Thank you.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about sledding and tobogganing in the winter for those fortunate enough to live in places that can provide that type of activity. Yes...there are plenty of smiles and excitement! Thanks for the comment.

    • Cheryl J. profile image

      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      I absolutely love this hub. It is so much fun and beautiful. You are truly a great artist. Thanks for the smiles and the excitement that your hub on Winter-Outdoor-Sledding and Toboganning has given me.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Happy to have shared a bit of what sledding and tobogganing is like for those like you who do not experience the cold winters with snow. It truly is fun! Hope you get to experience sledding and/or tobogganing in person someday. Thanks for the comment and vote up.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      WOW...WOW...WOW. This is the most fund activity during the winter time. I want to felt this in person. This adventure absolutely great. Unfortunately, there's no winter in my country. But I hope to try sledding and tobogganing someday. Thank you very much. Rating up!

      Prasetio:)

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      No snow for sledding or tobogganing in the land of Oz? Haha! Now that you mention it, I don't remember seeing any along that yellow brick road either. Thanks for your humorous comment.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello agusfanani,

      It truly was fun sledding and tobogganing with my family back when I was a child. Of course after we all moved to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, those fun family adventures ended. Ah...but I have my memories! Thanks for the visit and comment.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      These sleds look awesome - can't say I ahve had much sledding experience with 90% of my Christmas having been in Texas or Oz :)

    • agusfanani profile image

      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      You've brought my imagination to the moments of those winter outdoor activities so that I could get the feeling of the fun. It must have been so great playing around in the snow.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sarovai,

      I am happy to have introduced you to such winter outdoor activites such as sledding and tobogganing. It is so much fun and such a great opportunity for family and friends to share great outdoor adventures together. Thanks for the comment.

    • sarovai profile image

      sarovai 6 years ago

      Hi Peggy W , I learned some words like wooden tobogganing and sledding. In winter time snow , I come across, but not thick one. With your hub only , I came to know about the thick snow and enjoying with that. Thank u for sharing .

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Glad you got to do some sledding when you were young. Nice that the golf course clubhouse was open for hot chocolate. When our family went tobogganing on those golf course hills in Wisconsin I don't think that there was a clubhouse that stayed open for such things. That was a real treat and family adventure to be taken there a few times in the winter. Nice memories looking back. Thanks for adding yours!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I did do some sledding, although we lived in the city and hills were not handy. Sometimes a friend and I would walk , I think, about two miles to Columbia Park where there was a golf course with a hill and a clubhouse. sometimes we might take the streetcar.The clubhouse was nice because when we got cold we could buy a hot chocolate. I don't know shy it was kept open.

      I was watching a history channel show on the history of Christmas and I think it said that all the Rudolph, Frossty and such cartoons were about 1960, which explains why I did not grow up with them because I was in college about then.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vietnamvet68,

      With all that snow you just got up in your part of the country I'll bet the kids are having fun sledding and tobogganing! The adults are not having much fun driving however. (All those people getting stuck on the Inerstate for many hours made the national news.) Like you we also used other things besides sleds. There was an old abandoned gravel pit not too far from our house and pieces of cardboard also worked for sledding purposes if we did not want to bother hauling our sleds with us. Oh the fun days of our youth! Thanks for sharing your memories and happy holidays to you also.

    • Peggy W profile image
      Author

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      Nice that we both have our memories of sledding and thanks for sharing that special college campus hill with us and the image of students sledding after classes from your town. Did anyone do any tobogganing down that same hill? Thanks for the comment.

    • vietnamvet68 profile image

      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      a beautifully done hub with all the old lovely pictures,the days of sleding were so much fun. I remember when I was a young boy we used to use old car hoods when we had nothing else. Sleds have changed so much over the years. But the fun of sleding is something every young child should enjoy. Here in western NY we just got pounded with over 2 feet of snow and at my age I wish I could go sleding. Beautiful Hub God Bless and Happy Holidays.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Sledding was so much a part of my youth, both as a boy and as a teenager. The college campus in town is on a hill, and parents would take kids there after snows. The college students also went sledding there after classes, and it was a beautiful sight. As a college student I especially remember sledding in the winter evening with the moon shining bright on the freshly fallen snow.

      Thanks for bringing back some beautiful memories. Take care.

      Mike