- The Crazy Carpet – in addition to having zero control over it, this aptly named toboggan is nothing more than a thin piece of plastic, meaning your tailbone or genitals (depending on if you’re a headfirst or feet-first kind of person) will feel every jarring, icy bump along the way.
- The Saucer – similar to the crazy carpet in that you’ll have no control as you race down the hill, the saucer comes with the added bonus of constantly spinning. So if you do make it to the bottom you’ll probably do so facing the wrong way and slightly nauseated.
- The Old School – while they’ll generate more nostalgia than speed, these wooden classics with their curved fronts are the tanks of the hill.
- The Zellers Special – there’s nothing fancy about these plastic-moulded sleds. Cheap, flimsy but fast, you’ll likely leave chunks of these everyday toboggans scattered along the slopes.
- The GT Racer – these were far too hoity-toity for the Martin family. Skis and a steering wheel? Next you’ll tell me you get more than one marshmallow in your hot chocolate.
Sure winter means scraping off windshields, expensive heating bills and flu pandemics. But that snow and ice also means something awesome: tobogganing. Like many Canadian kids, tobogganing was a big part of my childhood winters. Soaked mittens, snow down the front of your shirt and exhausting marches up icy hills never felt so good. Each year as the snow piled higher, my brothers, sisters, cousins and friends would dig out all manner of sleds. These included: