How Can I Make My Sled Faster Without Spending Too Much Money?

Ok, I just got a foot of snow and I want to know how to make my sled faster for little money.

p.s. I have a flat bottom sled, not those complex things with like 5 skiis, just a plain old flat bottom sled well it is actually an inch of foam, then a thin layer of slick plastic

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mikeasaurus8 years ago
They wax the bottom of skis and snowboards for enhanced performance, that would be a great place to start and it's relatively cheap too!

If you're looking for an even more budget way to do this you could always grab a can of cooking spray and spray away, reapply every hour or until you run out (I can hear the environmentalists screaming already..)
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  mikeasaurus8 years ago
I forgot to mention that, But I use car wax, and it helps. dang u are fast at responding
Silicone spray the bottom, this may help. Otherwise, wax it! -PKT
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  PKTraceur8 years ago
but wont it rub off while sleding?
No, because it will dry within a few minutes. It pretty much the same thing as waxing, just slightly.... less? More? Try it out.
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  PKTraceur8 years ago
ok, ill try it and get back to you
AnthonyW442 years ago

Depending with it's made out of (if its wood or some type of plastic) try cutting grooves lengthwise across the bottom, should give you a bit more speed and stability.

AnthonyW442 years ago
mcald8 years ago
lose 5lbs
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  mcald8 years ago
nah lol
i was just joking but if you sit closer to the back it will raise the front wich sould help
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  mcald8 years ago
ok cool thanks
Junk_Wizard8 years ago
an even cheaper approach... find some sort of cooking spray and spray it on the bottom of the sled, usually lasts a short time but does help... this also works for shovels that get snow stuck to them a lot.
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  Junk_Wizard8 years ago
but wont it rub off
Yes, that's where the 'usualy lasts a short time' comes from 3-5 runs on a sled, its good for packing down the track if you discover an unabused hillside...
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  Junk_Wizard8 years ago
ok, ill try it when it snows again, we just had 2 days of 70* weather and the foot melted.
tesla3148 years ago
As a kid we used to speed up our (metal) slide by rubbing it down with waxed paper. Might be worth a shot. Same idea as the car wax, but might be more likely to have it already.
Thelonelysandwitch (author)  tesla3148 years ago
good idea, ill try that
psymansays8 years ago
Get some used skis from a thrift store for maybe $10, and bolt them to the bottom of the sled. Skis will go faster than the sled will, in most snow conditions.