26 December 2012

Rodeling: Traditional Sled or Hammerhead Sled?


Say we explore the various characteristics of each type of sled, to make it easier for you to decide next time you come sledding.

Traditional Sled :
Hand-crafted in Québec, it’s the more family-friendly sled. True to old Austrian tradition, this sled is built of wood and its runners are angled for excellent stability − even if it’s higher off the ground than the Hammehead. Its wood runners are curved upward in the front to use as a foot rest, or to rest your calves on. It is equipped with front and rear handles and we strongly advise you hold on with one hand at all times. Steer the sled by dragging your other hand along the snow, and shifting your weight in the desired direction. Sitting on the sled is more comfortable but requires more practice to be able to ride it to its full potential. Once you’ve mastered your ride however, it’s easy to see why it’s the top pastime among Austrian families.

In short :
-Comfortable and less intimidating for novices.
-Easier speed control and braking due to greater contact with snow surface.
-Authentic experience − perfect for appreciating Le Massif’s breathtaking panoramas.

Hammerhead Sled :
This sled calls for a head-forward position. Lying on your stomach, line up your shoulders with the steering bar. The first time you try it, you’ll feel like you’re driving a car or a bicycle, so it’s an easy technique to master. Rest your thighs partly on the sled, partly in mid-air. Use your boots to steer and brake. To increase your speed, just lift your feet up. Despite providing amazing moments of fun under most slide conditions, when surfaces become harder this sled might be more difficult to handle.

In short:
-Fast, intuitive, more versatile handling.
-Thrilling ride due to close proximity to terrain.
-Sporty handling with controlled skids on turns.


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