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Old 08.01.2009, 11:26
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Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

Does anybody fancy a visit to the ▄etliberg Schlittelweg today?

According to the hotline, the whole route is open. I assume that the conditions are average though, with some icy patches.

Also it's nearly full moon so the run is doable without headlamp. A flashlight can't hurt however.

By the way, the fog will lift in the afternoon so if you haven't seen Zurich at night from the tower on ▄etliberg, this is your occasion and worth the detour.

I have one spare wooden sled and intend to sled down one, two or three times depending on the conditions. Let me know when you would preferrably meet at the terminal stop of S10.
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Old 08.01.2009, 13:10
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this evening anyone? (8.1.09)

that sounds fun, nathu (i remember the thread discussing sledding)
but i can't tonight...though i see many kids doing it around where i am, just with the plastic bags....

tell us how it was
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Old 08.01.2009, 14:55
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

Change of plan

It's a bit of a gamble with the weather but ▄etliberg has to wait. Maybe Monday...
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Old 08.01.2009, 15:12
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

Out of interest do you need much skill to sled? Because if you just sit there like a sack of 'tatoes I might be interested in this sport
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

I would be interested but no sledging skills !
I want to much to try my hands on sledging !!! Any tips for beginners ?
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Old 08.01.2009, 16:28
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

castro, pappu,
no skills needed at all! trust me, if i can do it, anyone can
(i don't ski & am crap at skating)

sledding is easy, just make sure to have good shoes (or snow boots)
as you need them to control speed that you go down at.

also maybe try an easy run first (similar to beginner slopes for skiers)
i recommend flumserberg, that one is ok for beginners
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Old 08.01.2009, 16:32
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

What she said, and 1 more thing good gloves for dragging the sledge back up the slope Sorry it is too far away for us to join, but, have fun guys, take some photos and post them on here for us all to see please
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Old 08.01.2009, 16:33
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

▄etliberg isn't the most beginner friendly route in the country because it tends to have some icy spots. But it is not overly long or outstandingly difficult.

Sledding is not very difficult, you just make sure that the potato sack's balance point is in the rear half of the sledge and put a foot on the ground if you want to change direction. And try to correlate speed and skill.

It's a matter of taste but I think wooden sledges are much better than plastic bobs. They'll also survive more learning experiences.
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Old 08.01.2009, 16:38
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

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It's a matter of taste but I think wooden sledges are much better than plastic bobs. They'll also survive more learning experiences.
wooden sleds all the way , i agree


and here's what not to wear whilst sledding

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Old 08.01.2009, 17:31
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

We have both the wooden sledge, and the plastic sledge, i prefare the plastic 1 because it has a steering wheel, and brakes, the wooden 1 is way too fast for me and with no brakes well, or am i just a scaredy cat
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Old 08.01.2009, 18:24
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

I could be tempted if the weather's okay on Monday. I heard you can rent sledges from the cafe by the Uetliburg stop - anyone know if that's right?
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Old 08.01.2009, 20:09
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

What to wear & how to drive:

Wear 1

Wear 2

Here is when to let go:

Ouch 1

Of course there is the humor in sledding:

Fun 1

Fun 2

Fun 3

Lots more here.

Have fun!
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Old 11.01.2009, 19:56
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg next week anyone?

Tomorrow's the day. The weather will be cold for days to come and the piste will likely stay open.

I intend to take the S10 train that arrives on ▄etliberg at 18:55, but if somebody who is interested in joining me can only make it at another time, please answer.

ali_the_nomad, I've found no hints about sledge rentals on ▄etliberg, but if you let me know in advance, you can borrow my spare sledge.
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

Was up there today and it was great fun, but can see that it will not be long before the ice and snow is gone. Better get in quick!

Also you can rent sleds from the restaurant at the train stop for 20chf plus 50chf deposit.

Enjoy!!
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

Hope you guys can help me with a bunch of questions I have on sledding.
I used to sled at home on hills that have nothing to do with Uetliberg etc.

I've gone down the Uetliberg run on a wooden sled with my husband and we had a hard time steering; was it just too much weight on one sled?
If there are two people on the sled, do they both have to steer?
Do you steer with your heels?
Do you brake with your heels too?
We had a blast but did crash a couple of times. The second time, a lady came speeding through and knocked me off my feet, ouch.
How do you find out whether weather conditions are good or not? We went there once after a snowfall and the run was a horrible slushy mess.
We want to go this weekend somewhere really really tame because we want to sled down with our 9 month old baby. Can anyone recommend a baby hill in Zurich? Our wooden sled probably won't work with a baby. Which one would you recommend? UFO?
Thanks in advance guys
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

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Hope you guys can help me with a bunch of questions I have on sledding.
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Having some experience I will try to answer some of your questions.
1. You do not have to learn anything specifically for sledging, but you will have more fun if you learn to control the process and your body. The most fun you get when you will be able to steer and break without using your heels.
2. We did it with children of 9 months and 1,5 yrs in Davos. 1 adult with 1 child. We had regular davoser type of sleds. Of course you do not speed up.
3. For beginners I would always recommend to take separate sleds for 1 person, that steer well. They are also mostly rated as very fast - do not pay attention to that as you and not sleds regulate the speed.
4. This "fast" type of sleds looks like: wooden frame and knitted or fabrik etc seat, front "horns" come slightly to the middle, rope has to be U-shape (2 ends fixed to sleds) and not T-shape (1 end fixed to sled. Something like this


5. You can steer and break with your heels of course. But in this case you can expect lots of snow directly into your face (glasses would be usefull). The other way is to pull one end of the rope, while shifting your weight at the same time in the right direction. To break - pull both ends of the rope till the front of sleds slightly lifts up. With
6. One of the best slopes are in Preda-Bergun (very slow, perfect for beginners and little children), and then right next to it Darlux-Bergun - fast, fun, long.
7. The worst weather condition is snowfall or lots of fresh snow. Same goes for lots of old snow that starts to melt. Ice is ok, can be more difficult to steer, but better then knolls and holes in the slope.

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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

Wish I could thank you twice, Sviz. I got a tongue lashing over gasp, maybe taking a baby sledding on another list!
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

went sledding to Flumserberg for the first time ever this weekend, it was a blast

for the first run, we took the 2 people sled, that went wayyy too fast, was difficult to steer, so then we moved on to 2 seperate sleds and then got the hand of how to steer without heels in just about no time.

the slope is about 3km long, has slow and slightly fast sections, very reasonable too with half card.
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Re: Sledding on ▄etliberg this week anyone?

Wow this must be so much fun!! let me know if you are getting together again for more sledging!
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