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Breaking out the flexible flyer

Flyer sledding in Oakton, Va, on Jan. 21, 2012.

It seems that at least once a winter we get a messy snow-to-ice weather event that creates slippery roads, treacherous driving, but some pretty good flexible flyer sledding conditions. When icy conditions occur, my kids and I break out the flexible flyers and we go sledding.

Last Saturday, after a thick coating of snow and ice fell in Oakton, Va., conditions were good for flyer sledding. I took the sleds out of storage and we headed for the nearest hill. I recorded one of the first sledding runs on video and it can be viewed above. The run was fast, but we needed a little more ice to reach maximum velocity.

Keep reading for more, including Snowmageddon sledding photos.

Dreaming of Snowmageddon: Bouncing down a sledding hill n an inner tube sled in Oakton, Va., Feb. 10, 2010.

The kids in our neighborhood prefer inner tube sledding over flyer sledding. I suppose bouncing down a steep hillside out of control is a lot more exciting than carefully steering down a hill on a flyer sled. Inner tubes also provide a nice cushion when landing a sled jump. Flyer sleds don’t work well on sled jumps - nose-diving the landing can spoil a day. Ouch!

Given the lack of snow this year, I decided to dig out a couple of Snowmageddon sledding photos. Snowmageddon was the perfect storm for inner tube sledding, with lots of deep, soft snow. Snowmageddon was not good for flyers, however, because there was too much snow. Flyers bottom out.

So, until we get our first big snowstorm this season, I’ll keep the flexible flyers ready for the pesky ice storms and the inner tube sleds packed away in storage.

Sledding after Snowmageddon, Feb. 10, 2010.


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