Is there any sound sweeter than the 'swish' of a sledge gliding over fresh, crisp, white snow?
Unlike skiing, and ice skating, this winter sport is cheap, easy, and accessible to all members of the family.
The temperature's dropped and the snow is on its way, so now's a great time to be looking for a new sledge.
We offer a range of sledges and toboggans from basic models to traditional wooden sleighs.
Although in Britain we tend to use the words toboggan and sledge interchangeably, they do have different meanings. A toboggan has a flat bottom, whereas a sledge is has a seating area mounted on runners.
Here we take a look at the different forms of snow transport available from Wicken Toys.
These are the easiest style to ride, as the bucket style shape helps children stay on-board. The low down seating position lets the kids trail their hands through snow as they go, and if you're really lucky they will gather up snow balls to pelt you with as you pull them along.
A tow rope at the front lets mum or dad pull the sledge, so little children can enjoy the snow at a gentle pace, instead of speeding down hills. Many models feature handles to hold on to, and some even have built-in steering. We also sell a two seater toboggan so friends and siblings can enjoy the snow together. Make sure you stop regularly to tip any accumulated snow out of the toboggan or the riders will be getting very wet bottoms.
These tend to be faster, and a little more fun to ride, but require a bit more effort to stay on. Children bundled up in multiple layers of clothes may find mounting one of these easier than crouching down and getting into a toboggan. The larger, more sturdy models are suitable for adults as well as children. Look for models, like the Snow Shuttle (pictured) with stainless steel blades, as these will last long, and provide a smoother, faster ride.
Wooden Sledge / Sleigh
These stunning sleighs are fun and beautiful all rolled into one. They are big and sturdy enough for adults to ride on, making them a great investment for the whole family to enjoy. Keep a wooden sleigh in tip top condition by ensuring it is fully dry before you put it into storage.
All sledges come with an age recommendation, which you should pay attention to, although when it comes to fun in the snow, it's older children that need to take the most care. Younger children will be content to sit in the sledge while you trundle along in the snow, slowly pulling them behind you. Older children are more likely to throw themselves head first down the nearest steep hill. Before you let them loose with their new sledge give them a quick lesson on snow safety, including safe places to sled.