Many Mainers have spent their childhood winters sledding down snow-covered hills. If you'd like to relive your childhood memories of this pastime—or experience this fun and free winter activity for the first time—you can ask local enthusiasts to point you to their favorite sledding hills in almost every city or town.
If you're up for a wild ride, you can rent a toboggan at the Camden Snow Bowl and tackle the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute. You’ll drop 70 vertical feet and scream all the way as your toboggan rumbles down the icy chute at speeds up to 45 mph before shooting out across Hosmer Pond. In February at the Camden Snow Bowl, you can watch costumed tobogganners compete in the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships, a three-day festival that draws up to 10,000 spectators and participants.
Maine is the original home of two sled makers. Paris Manufacturing in South Paris has been building sleds since 1861. If you sledded as a youngster it’s very likely you used a colorful wooden sled made here. Almost 150 years later, the business is still hard at work making an array of sleds, snowboards, foam sliders, inflatable tubes, wooden toboggans and snow toys for customers all over the world. The Camden Toboggan Company has been building quality sleds in its small wood shop in Camden since 1993. The toboggans are individually handcrafted from native ash, have stainless steel fastenings, and water-resistant vinyl pads.