ISSUE 48  |  The Rural Life

The Ultimate Sled: Handmade in the German Alps

November 26, 2012 4:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Don’t take it from us; even Orson Wells knew the significance of a classic snow sled.

This toboggan is made in the German Alps using beech wood and traditional technique by childhood friends turned toboggan makers, Wolfgang and Christoph. Wolfgang, a trained interior designer, and Christoph, a sculptor, have been designing their products in Bavaria since 1994:

N.B.: In the US, Alpine Sleds imports European-made wooden snow sleds (prices start at $99).

Above: The Toboggan is made with laminated beech runners that are lined with high grade steel and has been tested for children’s use by the German technical safety authority (TUV); £59 from Hen and Hammock in the UK.

Above: The toboggan seats two small children or one adult and a rope can be attached in the front to tow it.