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How to Go Sledding without a Sled

When you've had a sudden snowstorm and don't have a sled, you can still soar down the hill with other objects that are easy to come by.


  • Step 1: Try a kiddie pool. If you're more prepared for summer than winter, break out the kiddie pool. You won't fall out, plus you can bring friends along for the ride.
  • Step 2: Sit in a plastic storage tub and slide. If you're too big to fit in the tub, let someone else use it and you can use the lid.
  • Step 3: Use your yoga mat. When you're done stretching, find some outer peace and roll part of your mat to hold onto and cruise down the hill. Namaste!
  • FACT: Juneau, Alaska, averages 101 inches of snowfall in the winter months.
  • TIP: Wrap the tray inside a trash bag for even less resistance.
  • Step 4: Use a cafeteria tray. A time-honored favorite of schoolchildren everywhere, the bottoms offer little resistance and maximum speed. The only downside is that you have to hold it tight to your bottom the whole way down the hill.
  • Step 5: Slide on a flat piece of plastic. Available at any hardware store, this makeshift sled is inexpensive and fast. With nothing to hold onto, though, when you get to the bottom of the hill, you're likely to be thrown off.
  • Step 6: Use a trash bag. Easily the cheapest sled you can make, sliding on a trash bag requires at least a couple of inches of snow. It'll wear out after only a few runs, but, with a whole box, you'll have enough to last the entire day.
  • TIP: Buy trash bags in bulk and you can supply the whole neighborhood with sleds.
  • Step 7: Use a trashcan lid. Plastic works better than metal, and with side handles rather than a handle on top. They're easy to come by, and because of the lip all the way around, they have built-in handles.

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