Sleds

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1 The Yukon Ham­mer­head Pro HD flies across the snow thanks to its 4.5-inch-wide rear skis: They cre­ate less fric­tion than a flat­bot­tom ride, and won’t dig into ter­rain like classic skinny rails will.

2 Flop onto the Flex­i­ble Flyer Run­ner, then tear down hard­packed snow. Sleds of this type are usu­ally around 42 inches long, but the Flexi’s 60-inch body sup­ports your legs so they won’t drag and slow you.

3 In­stead of ly­ing down, rid­ers kneel on the 16-inch Mad River Rocket Killer B’s

foam pads and se­cure a strap over their legs. This tight connection en­ables ad­vanced ma­neu­vers such as jump­ing and carv­ing.

4 With no bind­ings and a short 37-inch length, Bur­ton’s Throw­back Snow­board is built for hills, not re­sorts. The deck has a wood core and a lam­i­nated bot­tom like a real snow­board, so it’ll float over pow­der.

5 At­tach a pair of slick shin-guard-style Sled

Legs di­rectly to your tib­ias with the inch­wide ny­lon straps. Then, from the top of the slope, run and slide like a rock star, trust­ing the foam in­side to cush­ion the land­ing.

6 Plop your rear onto the seat of the Zipfy, grab the han­dle, and stick your feet straight in front of you. To slow down, pull back on the han­dle, push­ing the bot­tom of the sled into the snow; lean forward to zoom even faster.

By Stan Ho­raczek / pho­to­graph by Jonathon Kam­bouris

YOU DON’T NEED TO HURL YOUR­SELF OFF A CLIFF OR OUT OF A PLANE TO GET A TASTE of adrenaline. This win­ter, find a hill, put on your puffi­est pair of fanny-pro­tect­ing snow pants, and grab a slip­pery rig for a dose of pure, grav­ity-pow­ered fun. Ranked here from fastest to slow­est, these light and aero­dy­namic sleds will carry you down slopes and around slick cor­ners, and pos­si­bly even pro­pel you into fan­tas­tic yard-sale-style wipe­outs. Ask your pals to record your ice ca­pades in slow mo­tion to re­live later, hot co­coa in hand.

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