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.
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.
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Kicksledding :: Where Can I Learn More
- Mountain Boy Kicksleds
Hand-crafted in Colorado USA. Nordic inspired designs.
- Kicksleds: Snow Source General
KTAADN kicksleds are made in a workshop in Michigan USA. There are no distributors, middlemen or importers involved.
- Scandia Kicksleds
Scandia Kicksled will give you a look at some fun ways to get around on snow, ice, and land. In this site you will see links to individual pages as well as links for audio themes for the countries shown by their flags.
- Yukon Kicksleds
Solitude Designs Yukon Kicksleds are patterned after the traditional Scandinavian style kicksled or Spark from northern Europe. Our kicksleds are built to be used with or without dogs.
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.
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.
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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Want to Build Your Own?
- Quick Kicksled Construction
This page contains plans and photographic details to help you construct your own kicksled. The purpose of this design is to get yourself out on the ice within a day or so of deciding to build the sled.