Even with the prevalence of inexpensive plastic sleds and saucers, there’s something irresistibly nostalgic about a wooden sled. Beautifully crafted from birch and willow, wooden sleds can either be fashioned into toboggans (runner-less sleds that glide directly on the surface of the snow), or pull sleds with runners that can be steered down a hill or be pulled behind an adult, horse or dog. Fashioned after antique collectibles, many modern-day sleds are designed with wax-free runners and willow handrails for optimum grip. Sled runners bite into snow and ice so they can carve down hard-packed slopes. Many sleds have padded seats and back rests to keep smaller children stable and safe. For some of the best wood sleds out there, try Mountain Boy Sledworks and Lucky Bums.