Tobogganing - Encyclopedia




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TOBOGGANING (Micmac Indian, tobaakan, sledge), the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills and artificial ice-shutes on the toboggan, a sled from 3 ft. to 8 ft. long and 2 ft. to 3 ft. wide, formed of strips of wood from 4 in. to a in. in width, fitted together and curved up at the front. The toboggan is not so well fitted for use on roads that are not steep or very smooth as is the sled provided with runners, but is generally used on open hills, or upon artificial courses (chutes), which are very popular in Canada. For "Tobogganing," as known in the Engadine winter resorts, See Coasting.

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