Toboggan Safety: It’s Snow Laughing Matter

  • Bundle up!
    Always dress for the weather and your activity. For tobogganing, that means layers! Thermal baselayers, fleece, heavy socks, winter boots, winter coat, snowpants, a toque, and gloves or mittens.
  • Don’t wear a scarf when you go tobogganing; it might get caught on something. Wear a turtleneck or neck warmer instead.
  • Safe hills are free of major obstacles, including trees, benches and roads. Always avoid hills that run off into water.
  • It’s better to go tobogganing during the day so you can see everything and steer clear of hazards!
  • Wear the right gear.
    Always wear a helmet when you go tobogganing. Make sure the helmet fits properly; you should be able to fit one finger between your chin and the strap.
  • Wear sunglasses on clear days, especially with the sun reflecting off of the snow!
  • Check your surroundings and plan your runs.
    Walk up the hill on one side and slide down the other. Watch out for others when you slide down the hill!
  • Look for a hill that isn’t too steep and is thoroughly covered in snow (not ice!). A good hill will have enough of a run-off to allow for a natural stop.
  • Leave stunts to the professionals.
    Trying to do jumps on a toboggan can get you seriously hurt, and so can playing “chicken” with other tobogganers.
  • Never have more people on a toboggan than it is meant to handle. If you have too many people on a toboggan, you could lose control and crash.


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  • Laura Edgar

    What an excellent resource! Love the illustrations 🙂 Well done!