SLEDGING: WE TELL YOU ALL

Is sledging only for kids? Not only! Discover the most fun sport in the ski resorts. Share freely!

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Do you dream of sliding down snowy slopes but lack the information to get started? 
Don't worry, we're here!
Find out about the different types of sledges, the equipment you need, where to slide freely and the benefits of sledding for your body (and your head) in this tip.
Are you ready to be find out more and reveal your inner sledger?
Get your sledge out of the closet and get ready to never put it down again!

SLEDGING: WE TELL YOU ALL

1/ FIRST STEPS TO SLEDGING

When we talk about sledging, you must admit that two images automatically come to mind:

SLEDGING: WE TELL YOU ALL

2/ WOODEN SLEDGE, TWO-SEATER, WINTER, SUMMER, RACING... SO WHAT EVEN IS A SLEDGE?

Historically, the sledge was used as a vehicle to move goods over ice or snow. But before the year 800 the fearsome Vikings were already using them as a means of transport. And with sledges with two runners, like the ones currently in use. I'm not making it up - all the info can found here.
Among the best known, here are some types of sledges currently used in our mountains, gardens and dedicated tracks.

And for babies?
The sleigh. 

Think of Father Christmas, his reindeer and his sleigh. Well, you’re the reindeer! The concept is simple, two rails, a baby seat and a safety harness. You pull on a sled strap. And your baby will love it!

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3/ THE EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED FOR SLEDGING

Here you are in the starting position, ready to challenge record speeds down to a thousandth of a second. Yes, but without the right equipment, it’ll be complicated, so here are two short lists to help you:

Equipment needed for your little sledger:
- A knit cap 
- Eye protection
- Sunscreen
- Baby gloves/mittens
- A ski suit
- Snow boots/après-skis
- Baby’s Bobee bobsleigh

Other tips:
You’ll notice that, when in the sledge, your baby often has their hands positioned on either side of the sledge in contact with the snow. It’s a sure-fire way to get cold! So make sure their hands stay inside the sledge.

Baby sledging equipment!

4/ IS SLEDGING ONLY FOR SKI RESORTS? 

That's it, you're all set, the whole family has their candy pink gear and their competition sledge Now where do you go?

The choice of sledging depends primarily on the adventure you want to experience and the facilities available. On the basis of these two criteria, the grounds are unlimited (as long as there’s snow on the ground, that is).

In the wild, for those who love nature and peace and quiet: A nice snowy field and you're ready to sled down it! Sledging out in the wilds is very popular and accessible. However, you must remain attentive and careful as the terrain is not secured.

In an area dedicated to sledging, to have fun in complete safety: today, almost all ski resorts offer a free sledging run. A well-maintained and secure area for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

On a paid sledge run, for an unforgettable experience: more and more ski resorts offer paid sledging slopes. Longer, sometimes with lifts, marked out and secured, you will experience a beautiful descent in unforgettable landscapes.

And you should know that we have made your work a little easier, you will find here a list of different sledging spots in France:

Sledging in Haute-Savoie
Sledging in Savoie
Sledging in Isère
Sledging in the Pyrénées
Sledging in the Vosges
5 sledging slopes in France 

Where to go sledging – the little extra! 

You can also combine sledging with snowshoe hiking. You go up on snowshoes and come back down on a sledge, provided of course that you have planned your route well in advance.

Our tip: For an unforgettable evening, you can arrange to snowshoe up to a high-altitude restaurant. Then, after a lovely dinner, you can head back down by sledge. Many high-altitude restaurants organise such outings. Ask at the tourist office of your favourite ski resort

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5/ WHAT ARE THE RULES ON THE SLOPES?

Once you are there, be sure to follow some basic rules, for the safety of your loved ones as well as other visitors to our beautiful French regions.

- The first rule is of course not to start on the track while another sledge is in front of you to avoid any risk of collision.
- Keep an eye on your kids (or your friends)!
- Walk up the sides of the track so as not to get in the way of other sledgers.
- It is forbidden to sledge on ski slopes and mountain roads, even snowy ones.
- To protect the heads of young and old alike, we recommend wearing a ski helmet when sledging.

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5/ WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE BENEFITS OF SLEDGING?

Let’s start with the basics: Sledging is a sport suitable for everyone and all ages. 
It is ideal for discovering the mountains and getting to know the snow and the speed. And for the regulars it is an excellent way to end a day of skiing or to return from an evening out (after a nice raclette at the local refuge). As you can see, the sled is your friend, whatever your objectives.
So what does this do to your body?

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- A does of vitamins: Like all outdoor sports, sledging is a great way to stock up on vitamin D, which encourages the production and release of serotonin, the hormone that reduces stress. And this is very good news because it is very common to be deficient in vitamin D during the winter.

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- A strength training exercise: Tobogganing is also a great way to gently build up your core muscles. as your stomach is tightened and your core engaged all the way down the slope. And to work the abdominal muscles a little more, think of lifting your feet, you will do a good core work. And the longer the descent, the harder your abs will work! Another good reason to make your descent as long as possible!

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- Lots of red blood cells: You deserve a nice sledging run! To enjoy a sledging session you often have to start by walking up the side of the track. You are in a hurry, you run, you pull your sled, you slip, you try to keep up with your children, and you notice your heart racing and your breath quickening. There's no doubt about it, you're doing sport! With the altitude and the drop in oxygen levels, the effects are multiplied tenfold and you fill up on red blood cells. It's a real workout for your heart while having fun!

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- An exercise in balance and coordination: Standing on a snow shovel or a snow scooter is not so easy and requires concentration, balance and coordination for adults. In children it is almost innate, but adults often lose their balance and coordination skills. To work on this, you can try turning while on a sledge, where you have to balance your body without falling.
It's not as easy as it looks!

We’ve said it all!
Are you ready to hit the sledging slopes? 
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