Sledding

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What could be more fun than whizzing down snow-covered mountains while enjoying the breathtaking scenery? After sledding, you can enjoy fondue or grilled sausage in one of the restaurants.

Sledding

FAQ Sledding

In addition to warm clothing with gloves and scarf, two things are especially important: sturdy shoes with a good sole and a helmet. For the darkness, a headlamp pays off. Often you can rent it together with the sled.

The following items are part of the safe equipment:

  • Ski helmet
  • Ski goggles with a bright lens
  • warm ski gloves
  • warm winter clothing like a ski suit
  • sturdy shoes (hiking boots, winter boots with non-slip soles), no ski boots or sneakers!
  • for fast routes a back protector

Ski helmets, headlamps and back protectors are also available for rent.

Yes, almost all toboggan runs have their own safety instructions. If you bring your own sledding equipment, please check beforehand if it is allowed. Many tracks only allow wooden sleds and toboggans. However, there are also tracks that explicitly allow plastic bobs, airboards or skigibles. Also, on many toboggan runs, children are only allowed to sled when accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

The Bern Advice Center for Accident Prevention has published Rules of conduct for sledding:

  • Be considerate of others (do not endanger others)
  • Adapt speed and driving style to your own ability, do not drive head first and do not tie sleds or toboggans to each other
  • Respect the lane of the person in front
  • Overtake with distance (right and left allowed, but with distance)
  • Look up before entering and starting (after a stop) (do not pose a danger to others)
  • Stop at the edge (not in dangerous or blind places), leave the slope quickly after a fall
  • Climb up and down on the edge, never walk on the slope
  • Observe signs, markings, signalization
  • Help in case of accidents is obligatory
  • Give personal data in case of accidents, also as a witness
  • Sleds are more immobile than toboggans and more difficult to steer because of the rigid construction. The flat runners provide a large contact surface on the snow. Since the runners and the actual wooden construction are firmly connected to each other, the runners are always perpendicular to the ground. Steering works only in connection with braking by the foot. This also makes a sled slower than a toboggan. Tight turns are practically impossible to drive.

  • Compared to the sled, toboggans have a flexible frame. Toboggans are steered precisely by shifting the body and pulling the steering rope. Even tight turns can be made with a toboggan and there is no loss of speed due to foot braking. The curved runners provide little contact surface on the snow and thus less resistance.

  • Skibock, Balancer and Skigibel differ only slightly. They were virtually created from a ski and a seat, so they are something between a ski and a sled. With the Balancer, Skibock or Skigibel one dashes down the slope dynamically carving. It can be steered by shifting weight, is foldable and ideal for extended trips over wide slopes. SNOOC is the name of similar tobogganing equipment on the Rigi. The Skibock is even used for championships on Tschentenalp.

  • An air-cushion sled is inflatable. It is usually referred to as an airboard or snowbodyboard. Two handles on the top of the board are used to hold onto. Athlete sleds are an exception where you lie on your stomach head first. An airboard is also called an inflatable high-speed sled. With speeds of up to 100 km/h, a descent on an airboard is extremely fast. Therefore, it may only be used on specially designated slopes

  • In the Bernese Oberland, the Velogemel can be found as a new sledding device. It is modeled after a bicycle and can be used like a sled. In Grindelwald, a world championship with the Velogemel takes place every year at the beginning of February.

  • The Bergfink is a sport sled ergonomically designed for young adults. It has space for a child in front of the adult. It is wider and has two highly wear-resistant PE-1000 plastic runners instead of steel runners for better gliding. The Bergfink has a good grip on snow and ice. However, it has a high abrasion and is therefore not environmentally friendly. The skids can be driven on both sides and can be quickly replaced.

Almost all toboggan runs that are directly accessible by cable car also rent out toboggans and sleds at the mountain or valley station. In large ski resorts, there are also sports stores in the ski area that rent out equipment for sledding. If you are staying in a smaller resort, it is important to find out in advance where you can rent equipment nearby. It is always advisable to make a reservation in advance anyway, as supplies are usually limited.