How to Make a Sled Go Faster

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There's nothing like the thrill of sledding down a hill. The thrill can be enhanced even further if you make a sled go faster. Techniques used to speed up a sled can range from simple to elaborate. To be a real speed demon, you can try them all.

Things You'll Need

  • Bricks or other weights
  • Water
  • Lubricant
  • Slick, adhesive plastic sheet
  • Add more weight. This could mean piling more people on the sled or adding some bricks or other heavy objects so the sled picks up more speed.

  • Make a path through the snow and sled down it several times. Fluffy, untouched snow slows down sleds.

  • Freeze your path so it turns to ice. Once the snow is packed on your path, you can mist it with a water bottle or lightly sprinkle water on it. Wait until it freezes, and you'll have a fine, slick path of ice on which to sled.

  • Tape a sheet of thick, slick plastic, similar to a drop cloth, to the bottom of the sled for added slickness. You can try painter plastic, which is a self-adhesive material.

  • Apply a multipurpose lubricant, cooking spray or ski wax to the bottom of the sled.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your ice path, weights, plastic and/or lubricants are in place, you can position the sled at the top of the hill and get a running start before jumping onto it. You'll immediately pick up speed, since you started with momentum.
  • Make sure the end of your path is clear.


  • Photo Credit sledding image by windzepher from

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