The All-Season Ice Sled !
For snow sledding, the SLICERTM works like any normal sled that is placed on a slope that is covered with snow or ice. But to slide down grass covered slopes, just the opposite is done: instead of putting the SLICERTM on the snow or ice, ice is put on the bottom of the SLICERTM!
Inside the SLICER'sTM hollow, double-walled construction are two patent pending (in USA, Canada, and Europe) IcersTM that can be removed (from within the inside of the sled) and then used to freeze and form thin ice blocks that can then be easily attached to the bottom of the SLICERTM. When outdoor temperatures are above freezing, the melting ice provides for a very slippery surface, providing winter sledding fun in the summer!
The SLICERTM does not take a back seat to other sleds, either, when used in the winter on snow. Its smooth contoured shape and low profile runners enable it to work well on packed snow as well as deep powder. Owing to its double-walled, unibody design, the SLICERTM is able to absorb bumps while cushioning riders weighing up to 200 lbs. And its rugged polyethylene plastic design makes it less than the cost of many snow-only sleds.
* The amount of time the IcersTM will last varies according to temperature, humidity, and use. The included IcersTM can provide an hour or two of sledding enjoyment when the outside temperature and humidity are moderate. To extend your sledding fun during warm summer months, additional Icers can be purchased here.
Tips for Successful Ice Sledding
- Ice blocking or ice sledding is somewhat like snow sledding: you need the right conditions for it to work well. The outdoor temperature, the slope of the hill, and the surface of the grass all make a difference. Hills with steep slopes and with short, smooth grass surfaces work best. The warmer the outside temperature, the better the ice melts making the ice blocks more slippery and allowing the sled to travel faster. (On the negative side, warmer temperatures mean that you wont be able to get as many runs in before the ice is gone.) Temperatures above 25C (or 78 degrees F) work best; but as long as temperatures are above freezing, you can successfully ice sled. However, in cooler temperatures, steep slopes and smooth, short grass are even more critical. Without them, you might find yourself going nowhere; but under the right conditions, you can expect to go as fast on grass as sledding on packed snow.
- When filling the IcersTM with water, make sure to keep the containers level as possible and try not to overfill them just barely cover the honeycomb grid with water. If you do overfill the IcersTM or place them in the freezer at an angle, chances are the resulting ice block will be too thick and will be difficult to attach to the bottom of the sled (without first chipping some ice away). Furthermore, the IcerTM containers are not watertight, so overfilling them or not keeping them level will likely result in water spilling out of the container and making a bit of a mess. Allow enough time between 24 and 48 hours depending on the freezer temperature, for the ice to freeze solid before attempting to go ice sledding. With moderate temperatures and use, it is possible to sled for up to an hour before the ice is gone. To extend your sledding fun especially during the warm summer months, you can order additional IcersTM through the retailer where you purchased the SLICERTM or through this website.
- Unlike snow sledding, where the SLICERTM's runners keep the sled pointed straight as it travels down the hill and allow it to be steered somewhat by leaning, there is virtually no control with ice sledding. When ice sledding there is no ability to steer, and the SLICERTM may spin around (like a snow saucer) when traveling down the hill. That adds to the excitement of ice sledding, but does contribute to spills and wipeouts, which is something to consider particularly for younger children, for whom the selection of gentler slopes (and slower speeds) is an important consideration.
- Finally, and most importantly, remember that sledding is a dangerous activity whether it be sledding on snow or ice sledding on grass. Be sure to follow the safety precautions permanently marked on the inside back of the sled (and on the large removable label).