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Scandinavian Kicksleds

Updated on January 4, 2011

The Joys of Kicksledding

Kicksledding is pure joy and turns nearly all sledders into mountain boys and girls. Gliding along on hard-packed snow or ice seems effortless (though its actually good exercise) and you get to take your sweetheart or young one along too.

We were first introduced to kicksledding when we took part in our local Christmas Parade as part of our Sons of Norway lodge. As part of our decor for the float, we had teams of kids on kicksleds alongside the float. They were a great hit and helped to assure us a 2nd place finish in the Mayor's Award category.

Kicksled Love

Mountain Boy Sledworks Double Kicksled
Mountain Boy Sledworks Double Kicksled

The Mountain Boy Double Kicksled is made to last for generations. This heirloom-style, hand-crafted interpretation of a traditional Norwegian kicksled combines the joy of sledding with aerobic exercise. Because each kicksled is a one-of-a-kind work, each is signed and numbered on the bottom by the sledmaker. Rings are welded to the front of each runner so a harness can be attached for dogsledding.

The body, including a slatted seat long enough to accommodate two children, is made of American white ash. The handle is a willow branch, hand-carved for a perfect fit and polished to show its natural beauty. Red-stained hand rails keep children in and allow them to maintain a firm grip. A copper footrest is light, strong, and sets off the wood tones of the sled. As it ages, the copper gains a fine patina.

Runners are powder-coated flexible steel, with polished and waxed edges. Screws are stainless steel. Bolts are anodized steel. Multiple coats of UV-resistant finish allow the sled be left outside for extended periods without damage. On the kicksled's back, an elasticized storage compartment provides space for a sweater or lunch box.

The kicksled measures 72 inches long x 36 inches high x 24 inches wide, weighs 17 pounds, and supports 300 pounds. Removable nuts at the front of each runner allow the kicksled to be collapsed and transported on top of a vehicle. It carries a 1-year warranty against defects. Assembly (instructions included) is easy.

 

Kicksledding or Dog Sledding ??

Getting Started

Mountain Boy Sledworks Colorado Kicksled
Mountain Boy Sledworks Colorado Kicksled

A simple sled is all you need to get started. There are various sizes ... depending upon whether it will be used primarily by adults or children.

 
Mountain Boy Sledworks Kicksled Snow Floats
Mountain Boy Sledworks Kicksled Snow Floats

In the icy north and east coast, these may not be necessary. However, in the Pacific Northwest, where the snow is wet and mushy, snow floats or plastic casters of some sort are critical to successful sledding.

 
Mountain Boy Sledworks Kicksled Mushing Package
Mountain Boy Sledworks Kicksled Mushing Package

Want your dog to pull you? This package will easily turn your kicksled into a dog musher's sled.

 

Transport is Easy

Most all kicksleds that are sold commercially have the ability to fold flat for easy transport in the back of your vehicle. If you choose to build one of your own, you'll want to take this into consideration.

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Kicksledding is Fun!

Kicksledding is Fun!
Kicksledding is Fun!

What is Your Favorite Winter Activity? - Do you enjoy sledding? Have you given a kicksled a go?

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      Eva Varga 4 years ago from NorCal

      @anonymous: We love it! It is very similar to dog sledding too so you may wish to give that a go as well. Have fun! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm planning on trying kicksledding this week. Just bought ice cleats for my snow boots. This might be the perfect winter sport for me. I'm scared of ice, heights and going too fast so ice skating, downhill skiing and sledding are out. I'm a senior citizen and this seems like the only way I can enjoy a winter sport and get exercise. FYI There is kicksled rental near Minneapolis, MN at Lebanon Hills Park .

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have not heard of kicksledding before. I go away to a warm place.