You can bet if there’s fresh snow around here, our backyard is littered with sleds. The kids can’t seem to get enough of it. They love being pulled, they love going off “jumps” and they especially love those icy road days where we bust out our flexible flyer sled and cruise down the street. Here are some simple tips to make your next sledding trip a success for kids of all ages (even those large kids we call men):
1. Bring hot chocolate. This is my #1 thing that makes sledding successful. We always pack a thermos full of cocoa and some cups so that whenever we need a break we can bust it out, warm up, and keep smiling!
2. Find a hill with a variety of slopes. Our favorite place to sled is a park with a hill that has both steep and gradual slopes. Not only is everyone happier if they can sled where they really want, but then you don’t have to worry as much about older kids being crazy where you are sledding with your toddler.
3. Go somewhere that is nice and open. The last thing you want is for one of your kids to slam into a tree and ruin the fun with a trip to the doctors for stitches. Find a hill that doesn’t have large rocks or trees to avoid collisions.
4. Attach a rope to the sled. That way it’s easier for kids to pull their sleds back up the hill (the downside is that they may expect you to drag them around a lot…)
5. Keep the kids covered and warm. Check out our post on dressing kids for winter if you need more tips!
One thing that really helps to make sledding easier is good boots. It is important to have warm, waterproof boots that offer good traction. Recently, Mason got the chance to test out the Keen Basin WP boots. These boots are perfect for sledding (and snowshoeing, building forts, running around, etc). The traction is tough and deep so slipping and sliding isn’t really an issue while wearing these boots. Mason has spent a good amount of time playing in single digit temps with these on without any complaints of cold feet :). Also, the bungee laces are perfect because he can do it by himself (which is priceless while I’m trying to dress 3 kids for the snow), and they give a better fit than we would get from velcro or elastic which is awesome for active kids. The only downside we’ve seen is the price ($80). I’m not sure I’d be willing to spend that much on snowboots on a regular basis. Luckily, we were able to get Mason’s boots 1.5 sizes too big so he should get lots of good use out of them!
Thanks to Keen for providing the boots for this review. As always, these are our honest opinions and are not influenced by any gear we receive!