#688 Bailing on a toboggan

gt snowracerWhen I was six I rode in the front seat of a toboggan that ended up losing control and steering sideways into a barbed wire fence. My forehead shredded, hot tears racing down my cheeks, I learned at that moment that things can unravel real quick on those steep, snow covered hills.

Yes, a rocky start and some poor weight distribution push the toboggan hard into the slick and slippery snow which sprays sharp ice chunks into your eyes and ears. Things get swervy when your buddy jumps off the back which causes you to completely lose control and gain speed just in time to notice the creek bed coming up quick in front of you.

You have no choice at this point. Even though it means hitting the ground hard, twisting your ankle, and possibly rolling down half the hill, you just gotta do it.

Bail for the moment. Bail for the memories.

And bail for your life.


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37 thoughts on “#688 Bailing on a toboggan

  1. I broke my nose tobogganing when I was about 9. My big brother had to tow me home, sitting on the toboggan, bawling my eyes out – but it didn’t take me long until I was back at it again, a little tougher and a little wiser. Awesome.

  2. One time a friend and I doubled up on a toboggan—the resultant speed surprised us as we rode straight down the hill into the boards of the park’s hockey rink. My friend was briefly knocked out. That would have been an appropriate occasion to bail.

    1. My friends bailed forward off a tobogan…he got a broken arm and a cut ear from the sledge hitting him. Anyway, you bail sideways and roll to see the sledge smash into a dune and for you to roll urther that it

  3. Oh, I love this one! Our family had a couple of big old truck inner tubes that we’d use as beach toys in summer, and toboggans in winter. We could cram a bunch of people on, arms, legs and heads sticking out like a mutant spider hovercraft. There was a golf course nearby that had a wicked steep slope running from the roadside down, with a creek cutting a diagonal line across the bottom of the hill. Needless to say, if you didn’t bail in time, you’d find yourself floating down the creek on the tube, which is not as fun as it sounds. That water is C-O-L-D.

    1. Tubing is the best in all kinds of sports and weather, but most definately on the big hills where we live that slide right down into open meadows, vs creeks and now it’s spring I’m gearing up for a cruise down the river and a trip to the Atlantis Water slide park where they have the best tube run I’ve ever seen! Ya, tubing is Awesome!

  4. I have 4 grown boys, 3 grandsons, and 35 years in Wisconsin.
    Each and every one of us proudly brag about the lumps and bumps, and can’t wait for this years snow and a new hill to conquer!
    Winter! Snow! Awesome!

  5. I bailed from a sledge and it got run over at the bottom of the hill…
    And i didnt bail rom a sledge and i crashed into a dune and rolled 7 metres in thorny stuff under the snow

  6. I am the youngest of 3 sisters. When we were little, we’d line up on the toboggan in order of age (oldest in front) and go. In the event of an emergency stop, my next-oldest sister would grab one of my feet, and I would get thrown off the back and used as an anchor.
    Totally dangerous (and in retrospect, a little degrading), but still awesomely fun!

  7. Once I went under a fence and almost hit a cow. Ever try running in snow to get a way from spooked cows? one of the more terrifing moments of my life, thankyouverymuch.

  8. I DIDN’T bail off my GT and smashed into a pine tree. Bad news: ridiculously painful; good news: won the game of “park”.

  9. I used to sled with my brother. The only thing different was that I’d shove him off as we reached max speed and watch him tumble the rest of the way down the hill.

  10. When I was younger, I bailed lots of time or else boom! Right in to the tallest tree in the park hill.

  11. When I was 6 or 7 I smashed my thumb in a car door what pain I felt.well it hurts just to think about it ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

  12. I remember tobogganing with my friend and family when I was little and getting run over by a toboggan when we bailed. A face plant and few tears later we laugh about it.

  13. We used to toboggan as a family all winter. 3 kids plus 2 adults plus the occasional friend on one! The squeals of laughter!!! Loved it!

  14. Sledding and tobogganing is some dangerous shit. A friend of mine cut her forehead open one time. ‘Twas not a pretty sight, my friends.

  15. That’s Florida for you. I’ve lived here my whole life. And haven’t ever seen a speck of snow. But there are REALY nice waves down here, so bailing on a surf board=bailing on a tobagan AWESOME

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