Waxing and Maintaining Your Wooden Toboggan or Sled
By choosing a quality built wooden sled or toboggan, you will have minimal maintenance and years of fun. Constructed with solid birch, held together with stainless steel screws and coated with a marine grade finish, Mountain Boy sleds and toboggans are built to last. Cheaper toboggans are made with thinner material and often held together with staples. During use, the staples can lose their grip and the toboggan will begin to fall apart.
Wax the bottom of your wooden sled or toboggan for best performance (though you'll find that it flies down the hill right out of the box). Waxing not only coats the bottom to increase speed, it creates a thin wax layer that sheds the film of water formed as snow melts beneath a speeding sled. Wax sticks best to a surface that is clean, warm, and dry, so bring the sled indoors and let it warm to room temperature prior to waxing.
Specialty ski or toboggan glide waxes are the best. These are available at most ski shops or sporting goods retailers. While you are there, pick up a plastic wax scraper and waxing cork.
Ski-go Easy Glide is an easy to use liquid glide wax. A solid crayon glide wax, such as Toko Toboggan Wax works well and is longer lasting. If you’re a cross country skier, you may already have glide wax. Just remember that it must be glide wax, not grip wax (which is used to help your skis grab onto the snow when you kick for uphill climbs). No ski wax? In a pinch try using paraffin wax used in many candles and for canning.
Storing and Maintenance