Your Weekly Winterscape

Weekly Winterscape

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First Snow Day in the Neighbourhood

Well worth it.  :)

First snow day

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Time for a Sled?

Time for a Sled

With the winter season approaching and snow in the forecast, you may be looking around your homes thinking, “What can I use to go down a hill?” With so many styles on the market, it can be difficult to choose the perfect sled, but the following guide may make your decision a bit easier:

Long and narrow device commonly made of lightweight wood. There are no runners at the bottom, making it a smooth ride down a hill. The front is curved forward with a rope attached for some light steering control.

Snow tubes: Inflatable tube made of flexible, comfortable, and durable material. The circular design allows for higher speeds but low controllability.

Saucers: A circular disk often made of plastic. Due to the design, they often gain considerable speed but have low steering ability.

Steerable Sled/Sledge: A device supported by two thin runners and a steering wheel or rope. Due to the elevation from the ground and its easy steering control, it’s often considered the safest style.

Sliding Carpets: A rectangular piece of plastic with built-in handles. The simple design makes for a speedy run down any hill, but with a lack of directional control.

Of course, there are many variations of the above examples which may alter the speed, controllability and comfort of the device. You can also check out our Toboggan and Sled Reviews for a rating of the season’s latest models.

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2013 Winter Forecast

2013-14 Winter snow forecast

For the Toronto area the Old Farmer’s Almanac currently predicts this 2013/2014 winter season to have, “The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-December, late December, early January, and mid-January."

Pretty much at the peak of Winter months.  With high hopes that we'll have a white Christmas this year too.

This is good.  Bring on the snow!

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Winter is coming

Yes, it is.   Laughing

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Comparing Spring (2011 - 2013)

Spring has once again emerged within the northern hemisphere to close out our winter season and this was certainly the best winter to date for

Comparing Spring 2011 to 2013

Thanks to a combination of great snowfall and media attention (thank you CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, and Hamilton Spectator), the site’s traffic grew over 200% and has now 240 hill locations worldwide!

site traffic for 2013

As always, my heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the contributors of toboggan hills and those participating in the community to make the site an awesome success.

As well to the advertised sled manufacturers who offered us a variety of great sleds to test and donate to children of families that are less fortunate and couldn't afford sleds of their own.

If you have any comments, suggestions as to how yet to improve the site, or would like to discuss supplying articles, sled samples, or advertising, please don't hesitate to contact me.

There are still more great plans for in the coming next winter 2013/2014 season.

So keep those sleds ready and hope for tons of snow!   :)

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The Spring Equinox Approaches

This coming Wednesday, March 20th marks the First Day of Spring.

First Day of Spring

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Snowball - A Virtual Pinball Machine

Snowball Virtual Pinball

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Your Weekly Winterscape

Your Weekly Winterscape09

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Your Weekly Winterscape

Snow cover across North America from February 2-9, 2002.

Snow cover across North America from February 2-9, 2002.

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A Tobogganist’s Dream

My name is Sebastian Dwornik and I am a tobogganist near Toronto, Canada.

Here you will find my thoughts on all matters regarding tobogganing, the web site, and sometimes life in general within the Great White North. (aka. Canada)

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