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Dear Friends,

Out with the old and in with the new! Parties galore, last minute plans springing into action and lots, and lots of confetti! Whatever could it be? Goal setting, resolution making and willpower getting a major work out? With all the change in the air, it must be New Years! This month in Welcome Home magazine start the New Year off right! Take a look at why your New Year’s Resolutions always seem to wind up never resolved. Is one of your New Year goals to stay fit this year? Let us help you reach that goal by giving you the tips you need to successfully stay slim this year. And did Aunt Harriet give you something again this year that you hid in closet and wish would go away? Read all about how to tactfully get rid of unwanted holiday gifts. This and much more awaits you in our pages! Please enjoy this issue of the magazine! Have an prosperous January, and as always, Welcome Home! If you have comments or suggestions please email us at , we love to hear from you! Also if there is a subject that you would like to see covered, let us know! We look forward to hearing from you!

Michael Stanton

Welcome Home! Table of Contents Recipe And Design


A tasty recipe and a stylish home design how to.

How To Stay Warm In A Cold House


Stay toasty warm this winter with our tips!

Snow Sleds For Winter Fun


Which kind is right for you?

Unwanted Holliday Gifts


How To Make A New Year’s Resolution How to make and meet your resolutions this year!

12 - 15

How To Keep In Shape During Winter Don’t let winter be an excuse for growing love handles!

16 - 17

Tips To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Lose the weight while at work!

18 - 19

Products To Love!

Hot trends, technological wonders of tomorrow and so much more!

City Spotlight Aspen, Colorado: Movie stars, skiing and winter fun!


All pictures courtesy of unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Wikipedia for Random Fact information and aid.

Editor in Chief - Phly Jambor

How to get rid of them, without getting caught.

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Businesses That Make A Difference Tom’s Shoes, changing the world one pair of shoes at a time.

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Recipe and Design Write On Revamp

Warm Citrus Cider

Hands-on Time: 20 min.; Total Time: 25 min. Yield: Makes about 4 1/2 qt.

Ingredients • • • • • • • •

1 gal. apple cider 2 cups orange juice 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 orange, sliced 1 lemon, sliced 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves 3 cinnamon sticks Garnish: apple slices

Preparation 1.

Bring apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, orange slices, lemon slices, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Discard solids. Garnish each serving with an apple slice, if desired. Serve hot.

What You Need: •

Rescued frame, mirror or window

Paint color of your choice

Chalkboard paint

Painters tape and plastic wrap


1. Tape off the inside of the frame and cover the inside area with plastic wrap. 2. Using the paint color of your choice, paint the frame. Let dry completely and apply additional coats of paint if needed. 3. Remove the tape from the inside of the frame and tape off the outside of the frame. 4. Apply the chalkboard paint to the area inside the frame following the directions on the package. (it may require several coats) 5. Find the perfect place to hang your masterpiece and get writing!

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How To Stay Warm In A Cold House As the winter settles in everyone knows how uncomfortable a cold house can be – but how can you exist comfortably? Keeping a home warm in the winter takes a great amount of fuel or energy to keep the temperature at a comfortable range. Most would be happy if there house was around 70 degrees but the reality is that it can be expensive to heat up a house. Several things can make warming a house even more difficult including vaulted ceilings, older leaking windows and generally drafty doorways. Aside from the economics of heating a house several issues can pop up, most notably the drying of the air which can cause havoc for those suffering with sensitive allergies. Your sinuses can become dried out and your skin very itchy as well as inflamed. Beyond the actual heating of your house there are several relatively low cost methods to stay warm inside a cold house. The most obvious is to cover up – whether it is long sleeve pajamas or ankle length pants while you're lounging. The simplest solution is to keep your feet and hands warm – this will trick your body into thinking you are warmer then it feels. Another solution is to minimize your heating systems output and turn the heating to a minimal level while you're not in the house. If you have a programmable thermostat it is easy to set a schedule by day and times to activate when you want it. Since most people work during the day, you can program your thermostat to come down a couple degrees while you're gone. This will also help you save some money. When you're sleeping and confined to one room you can use a down comforter to keep you snug in bed and maintain your body temperatures. When you're not sleeping in a cold home and lounging there are other steps you can partake in to stay comfortable. While relaxing on a couch you can use a down throw or a down blanket to stay warm and snug. You can also make use of thick robes whether they are made with cotton or plush microfiber fabric. There many styles of plush novelty socks which come in all kinds of cute patterns and are made using a very silky feeling stretch microfiber. Recently there has been a large number of warmth products designed for use on the couch that are basically robes worn in reverse. Pop culture has enjoyed a rash of competing products all designed with the same goal – to keep you warm on the couch while allowing easy mobility when needed – whether it be for reading or knitting or just plain old channel clicking. The reason why down as a filling material works so well is that it helps to trap air which in turn keeps your ambient body temperature around you keeping you in comfort. This compares with woven blankets made with wool or polyester which require excessive layers to keep you warm. Down itself is light, airy and cloud like in its ability to keep you warm with little weight.

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Snow Sleds For Winter Fun

Purists may demand old-fashioned winter sleds for picture-perfect sledding, but kids demand speed, speed and more speed from their sleds, and winter foam sleds, plastic sleds and snow discs give that and more. Manufacturers have put to good use advances in plastic and foam molding and aerodynamic technology to create a wide range of winter sled options for young and old alike.

Plastic Sleds and Winter Foam Sleds Winter sleds have come a long way from the heavy wooden sleds your great grandparents loved. The newer sleds are manufactured in molded plastic or foam. They're lightweight, easy to carry back uphill or drag behind you on the snow, and they're relatively inexpensive. Today's winter sleds let you purchase an affordable lightweight sled that's sure to give you a run for your money!

Toboggans Toboggans come in many shapes and sizes, but the latest invention is actually an inflatable toboggan that's sort of a cross between the traditional toboggan shape and an inflatable snow tube. The Chaos Inflatable Snow Toboggan inflates easily and can accommodate two riders.  Plastic runners on the bottom make it especially fun and durable and the inflatable toboggan is one of the most comfortable on the market.  Special crack-resistant material is used on the Chaos Inflatable Snow Toboggan to protect it from cracking in extremely cold weather.

Snow Discs and Saucers Snow discs and saucers are round plastic sleds that kids love for their fast ride. The greater surface area of the disc enables the sled to slide faster, which is the whole name of the game for the kids! But adults can also enjoy a snow disc

too, as long as they choose one that's large and sturdy enough to carry them. Some snow discs come with steering mechanisms and brakes. Airhead's Dual Action Snow Disc has both steering abilities and brakes for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Snow Tubes Snow tubes come in many shapes; traditional sled shapes, round discs, and others. Some such as the Sportstuff brand of snow tubes are made with crack-resistant PVS and specially sealed seams for longevity. When shopping for snow tubes of all shapes, look for a few features to make your sledding time more fun.  Handles big enough for mitten-covered hands to slide under and grab hold ensure a safe rider, while a safety valve makes it easy to inflate the snow tube or deflate it as needed.  Be sure to read the weight capacity for all snow tubes and choose one appropriately sized for its passengers.

Which Sled Is Best? There are pros and cons to each type of sled, and which one is best depends solely on the typical snow conditions in your area and the taste of the person choosing the snow toys. Sleds, discs or toboggans with runners on the bottom tend to be the fastest, but the speed picks up only with repeated runs through the snow.  As the sled glides over the snow, the friction melts a tiny bit of snow, while the cold air freezes it again, creating a narrow track of ice. Runner sleds then glide more swiftly through the frozen tracks with subsequent runs. Another thing to keep in mind is that the shape of the sled may limit your sledding options. If you love flopping, or getting a good fast run and flopping down on your belly on the sled and flying face-first down the hillside, look for rectangular plastic or foam sleds and toboggans or inflatable snow tubes that are long and narrow rather than disc-shaped. No matter which type of winter sled you choose, winter sleds and snow toys add hours of outdoor fun for children of all ages. Written by Holden Adams. Courtesy of

Unwanted Holiday Gifts How To Get Rid Of Them, Without Getting Caught!

The new year is here. It is time to go back to work, take down the tree, and put away all the Christmas presents. Well…maybe not all of the Christmas presents. Did Aunt Frieda give you a pair of Uncle Freddie’s unused golf ball-shaped gold cufflinks? Did Cousin Sarah knit you a pair of socks better suited to a toddler than your grownup-sized tootsies? Did you receive a gift card to a restaurant that’s closest location is 200 miles away? What do you do with all of these unusable or undesirable gifts? You don’t want to “look a gift horse the mouth,” but you certainly want to make the best of this sad situation. Here are some tips on how to deal with those gifts you’d rather not keep. For gifts that are not handmade or handme-downs, there is always the option of returning the gift to the place it was bought. You can often receive store credit or even cash if you return a gift with a gift receipt. If you don’t have a gift receipt you can usually get store credit, at least. Let’s hope you like that store. One word of caution. Some sites like will notify the purchaser when someone returns an item if the purchaser neglected to mark the item as a gift upon purchase. That’s a little tough to explain, especially if you feigned excitement and gratitude when you opened the gift. It’s best to call or email to ask exactly what will happen if you return an item.

silverware, or anything made out of a precious metal) for far more than you would expect. Because of the terrible economic climate, precious metals are worth a lot. One very fun way to get rid of unwanted gifts is to hold a post-holiday swap party. Invite all your friends over and have them re-wrap their unwanted gifts. Serve food and drinks and have everybody swap the gifts. Everybody ends up with everybody else’s bad gifts, but sometimes the recipient will really like the gift they end up with. If not, they can either trade with someone else at the party or they can follow another one of the tips in this article. Keep in mind that this swap party is only fun when the person who gave you the bad gift is not invited. It wouldn’t be very fun for them to see their gift to you in the mix. Of course you can always save the bad gift until next year, when you can “regift” it, or better yet, donate it to a charity that might be able to put it to good use. Rest assured that you are never stuck with a bad gift. You have many different ways to get rid of it.

If you don’t want to take the chance of the gift-giver finding out that you didn’t like their gift, you can always try to sell the item on eBay or craigslist. There is no guarantee that you’ll get a nibble, but it’s worth a try and you even have the potential of earning even more than the gift-giver paid for the item. If the gift happens to be made out of a precious metal like gold, silver, platinum or palladium you can skip the return and trying to sell the item on eBay. There are a number of online refineries that will buy your unwanted jewelry or cufflinks (or

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How To Make A New Year’s Resolution

All we know success is not an accident, it comes with a well apprehend plan. As far as New Year resolution is concerned, it starts with the beginning of each year. And people start agonizing themselves for their past incidents. Making a New Year resolution is really a nice stuff as it will gives a good feeling to start some new thing for your life. In fact there is no such magic pill which will give you the guarantee of success for your New Year resolution. Really you have to work hard, sacrifice a lot, have to be realistic and ban the "Someday syndrome" in order to achieve your goal.

Certainly one question will strike to your mind that from where the concept of New Year resolution comes from?

● Achieve it at any cost

The Babylonians, The Romans, The Chinese and The Modern World are the first to start the concept of New Year resolution. Around 4000 years ago The Babylonians have borrowed farm equipment's as their farming season coincide with the new year and they have started farming from the new year as a resolution that the harvesting will be all time high if they will start harvesting from the new year's. On a similar note The Romans and The Chinese followed the same concept.

● maintain a resolution diary and develop a plan to achieve your goal and strive to your plan

As always I have mentioned that possibilities are endless hence the Resolution for New Year also endless, here are some ever hot topics for New Year resolution; ●On this new year I will let you know how much I love you ● I will travel to see the whole world ● Any how I will lose my weight ● I will double my income from this New Year ● I will buy my new house ● At any cost I will quit smoking ●From this new year I will be more responsible than ever before And the list continues. In fact you have made your mind to make a resolution on this New year, then here are few do' s and don't s just follow these points and ensures a sure success New year resolution.. Do's ● dare to make promise about all the wonderful possibilities

● Focus your resolution like any thing

●be realistic and set deadline to achieve your goal ● Divide your goal into short term, midterm, and long term goal and track your achievement for your mapped goal ● In fact think ahead and plan your obstacle accordingly ● Last but not the least, try to do your best to achieve the New Year resolution goal Don't s ● Procrastinate Yourselves ●never say die attitude and don't give up at the mid journey ●Lose patience, passion and desire ● Try to look failure as a negative experience ● Overnight results ●let the bad attitude stand in your way What is clear from the fact that this New Year is the perfect time to start your resolution? Now the ball is in your court, to start your life in a new way and in a fresh way.

How To Keep In Shape During The Winter Season

So you spent the entire summer under the AC, with a cold drink in your hand. Winter's here and now you notice that you've got big love handles escaping the sides of your pants! So what do you do to get fit again? Here's our five-point program, whether you're in the chilly foggy North or a balmy pleasant South.

1. Stretch and stretch some more – A lot of guys who want to get fit quick head straight for the dumbbells. "Bad idea," says Krishna Kumar, fitness specialist and personal instructor based in Delhi. "Always start your workout sessions with lots of stretches. In fact, you could go the army way and concentrate more on stretches than heavy weight workouts," says Krishna. Apart from warming up your muscles, stretches can also help with muscular strength. Do a hamstring stretch where you stand and try to touch your toes. You can flex your knees a bit but don't over-exert yourself while touching your toes. Also try the upper back stretch by holding your hands over your head. Rotate your shoulders forward to really get a good stretch for your upper back. Hold the stretch for a slow count to ten and feel your body thank you. 2. Watch what you are eating – Yes, you've heard it lots of times, but it still holds true you are what you eat. Quit starchy, oily chips and all that street food you've been gorging on. While you're at it, cut down on carbs after 7 p.m. Replace your usual source of carbohydrates with good carbs like the kind you find in potatoes and oatmeal. "Eat egg whites and fish for proteins or pulses if you are vegetarian. Go for apples, grapefruit and berries for fibre. And most importantly, have 4 to 6 small meals a day. That will

keep your metabolism stoked all day," advises nutritionist Dr. Vaibhav Singh. And remember to have proteins in all these meals. Carbohydrates should be reserved only for before and after a workout. Supplement your diet with probiotics to keep your stomach healthy. One way to do this is to include regular doses of yoghurt in your diet. Feel those muscles under the layer of fat already? 3. Run, Walk, Cycle, Burpees – Nothing can replace a good cardiovascular workout and if you are looking to get fit, you need at least a 20 minute session every day. Pick your favorite cardio activity and stick to it. Run, cycle or walk fast. Swimming is not an option if you are in the cold North, but replace it with a run through the mist. Not just will it burn fat, it will also keep you warm. "Do activities that get your heart rate up real quick. That will help burn a lot of body fast real quick. Burpees are the best option," says Krishna. A burpee is a full body exercise performed in four steps. Begin in standing position, then drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground, kick back your feet to a pushup position. Immediately return your feet to squat position and then leap up as high as you can. Do these real fast and about 10 times to begin with. Feel those fat cells burning? Good.

4. Do more at home – That's right, get working on those household chores. "Simple tasks like cleaning your room, dusting, switching furniture or changing curtains actually burn a lot of calories. Since you are more focused on getting the work done rather than the time or effort spent, you actually end up burning more fat," says Krishna. For example, 30 minutes of digging in your garden is equivalent to 30 minutes on a treadmill. Even the most mundane of jobs like washing your car could burn more than what you would on a cycle for the same amount. So the next time your mother or girlfriend asks for help around the house, take it up gladly. 5. Winter fitness tricks – If you can't beat the weather, then find a way to use it to your advantage. Indulge in some winter sport that will get your heart racing. If the cold is not helping you get out of your cosy blanket, then use sport as an excuse. But remember to get a good night's sleep. Sleep deprivation is known to cause weight gain. Try turning down the temperature of your shower. The colder the water gets, the more alert you will get. Exposing the body to the cold will also help boost metabolism and burn calories. Just make sure you don't overdo it. Get a healthy dose of Vitamin D that you are missing from the hiding sun by eating fish, eggs and milk. Repeat all these points all winter and by the time summer arrives and those clothes come off, you will be ready to reveal a fitter, leaner and meaner you. Written by Mens Life Today. Courtesy of

Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight

While You’er At Work!

If you're like most Americans, "lose weight" is probably at the top of your New Year's resolutions. But if you spend 8 to 10 hours a day sitting on your behind starting at a computer screen, fighting those holiday pounds can be especially difficult. One key way to jump-start your weight loss is to find ways to get a little exercise at work. By following these tips and tricks throughout the day, you can stick to your resolution, shed some pounds, and even find yourself refreshed and re-focused throughout your work day.

Tip #1: Stand Up Yes, losing weight can really be that easy. According to, you can burn 50 more calories per hour by standing while you work rather than sitting. When your job requires you to be glued to your desk, finding opportunities to stand and stretch can be challenging, so try standing: • •

While your organize your desk or files. When you're reading a report (or other document). • When you need to talk to a cowworker (walk over to their office, versus calling, emailing, or sending an IM). • When you answer the phone or make a call. • When you're commuting to work (if you take a bus or a train). Standing up during your work day will not only help you burn extra calories, but it can help alleviate a whole host of other health problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Tip #2: Take the Stairs Yes, we all know that taking the stairs can increase the amount of exercise you get during the work day. In fact, you may already be taking the stairs when you arrive at the office and when you leave at the end of the day. (Kudos to you!) Increasing the amount you take the stairs during the day can give you even better results. Try taking the stairs: • • • • •

When you're running to the restroom (go up or down one floor). When you're running an errand for someone on another floor. When you're picking up the mail. When you're headed to a meeting. When you're on break. (Walk a flight or two!)

Tip #3: Pack Your Lunch (And Snacks) When the work day gets busy and you're starving for a snack, chances are that if you have nothing healthy to nosh on at your desk, you're going to end up at Burger King. But as tasty at that Whopper might be, it can sabotage your diet and give you a major food coma. By packing a healthy lunch and keeping nutritious snacks at your desk, you can avoid the fast food trap and feel better and more alter throughout the day. Pack foods that combine a mix of fiber and protein to keep you feeling full: a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread, yogurt with fresh fruit, or hummus with carrots and cucumbers. Tip #4: Get Outside Instead of hitting Facebook or YouTube on your lunch break, go for a walk around the block. Getting outside and getting your blood pumping will not only help you burn some extra calories, but it can help you feel more awake and energized for the second half of your day. If you need help staying motivated, recruit a work buddy to go with you (and hold you accountable for the days you're feeling lazy.) Tip #5: Ditch the Soda Ok, so you've been taking the stairs to visit your boss, packing a salad every day for lunch, and taking a walk break at 3:00. If you've been sipping Mountain Dew in between, you just undid all of your hard work. According to the Center for Disease Control, a 20-ounce serving of non-diet cola can have up to 227 calories. Switch from soda to sparkling or iced water, or if you really need the caffeine opt for unsweetened tea or coffee.

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Whether you're just starting to get in shape or are a seasoned athlete, Bowflex's Treadclimber TC3000 Cardio Machine is a home fitness machine that offers an array of electronics and features to push your workout to the next level. Similar in function to a treadmill, this lowimpact machine is engineered to burn fat without pounding your joints. It has unique dual treadles (rather than a single belt area surface) that rise up to cushion each step. This design eliminates the jarring impact of hard, flat surfaces and reduces the joint and muscle strain that can be part of other workout machines.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change has more than 15 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you'll need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. Please click here for

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City Spotlight

Aspen, CO Skiing is the ultimate winter vacation. If you wish to ski at a world class destination this year, then Aspen is the place to be. Discover the beauty of this resplendent town that charms people from all over the world. Long winters are a struggle in many parts of the world, but winter vacations can provide many exciting avenues for enjoyment. Skiing is for many, the ultimate winter vacation. Ski resorts are located in some of the most beautiful mountain locations in the world and offer many exciting activities for winter vacationers. Aspen has few peers in terms of its exceptional variety of skiing combined with a the great variety of other activities offered in the area. Aspen is a premier ski destination and is truly a haven for skiing enthusiasts. Aspen hosts winter tourists from all over the world. While the towering Rocky Mountains present a splendid view and incredibly picturesque location, there is more to this town than its beauty. Aspen is also known as a home and playground for some of the world's most famous and wealthy. This combination of beauty, glamour and glitz has propelled Aspen from its humble mining roots in the late 1800s to today's Aspen which has some of the most valuable real estate anywhere. Multi-million dollar vacation homes are common place and the downtown includes many of the most exclusive brands and shops and high-end restaurants. The Aspen area boasts four major mountains which are best known for skiing. Aspen Mountains offer a challenging skiing experience and experts in skiing love to slide on these thrilling slopes. Aspen Highlands are more

popular among local residents. Buttermilk is more moderate and is good for beginners. Snowmass offers many ski-in ski-out accommodations and is popular among families. Overall the exceptional variety can provide something for nearly everyone to enjoy skiing in the area. Though Aspen is a winter heaven and draws in the maximum number of tourists, the area is also a year round destination. Aspen is astonishingly beautiful in the spring, when a variety of flowers adorn the alpine meadows. Summers offer exciting recreational activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting. Aspen groves make the fall more splendid with beautiful views of golden leaves of Aspen covering the entire mountain area.Because Aspen is such a popular year round destination, it offers a great variety of accommodation options. There are many vacation rentals, ranging from quite economical to incredible luxurious. Most of the vacation rentals are located at convenient locations throughout the town, area which offer easy access to the ski resorts. Spending your vacation in a vacation rental will maximize the enjoyment of your vacation by providing you with more space and privacy and a comfortable home like feeling. The incredible array of recreational activities, shopping and dining options available in Aspen coupled with some time away from the stresses of everyday life is all that it takes for a perfect mountain ski vacation. Visit Aspen on your next vacation and experience everything the area has to offer. Written by Andy Page, courtesy of

Businesses That Make A Difference

One for One. That’s the way it works at TOMS Shoes. For every single pair of shoes purchased another pair of shoes will be given to a child that does not have any. Amazing and so completely simple! This brilliant idea is the brain child of American entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie. While traveling in Argentina

Rather than starting a charity, Mycoskie made the decision to start a business because he believed more children could be helped that way. To date TOMS has given away more than 150,000 pairs of shoes to children in need all over the globe, including the U.S. Their goal for this year is 300,000 pairs shoes, that TOMS volunteers in person, put on a child’s feet. in 2006 he noticed that the children he befriended did not have shoes. Not having shoes kept many children from receiving medical care, food, water and even shelter because they could not walk the distance needed to obtain it and their ability to attend school is also effected, because shoes are a required part of many school’s uniform codes.

Random Facts

This month's random fact is about a favorite winter pastime cherished by all: sledding!

The first ride down a hill on a sled is the most important, but most also the most difficult, as it determines the path of the sled for further runs down the hill. It is essential to steer the sled along the most exciting course, perhaps adding twists and turns to make the run down the hill faster or more exciting. Other techniques to improve the ride include turning around, lying on the stomach, or closing both eyes. Running up to a sled and jumping onto it can create additional momentum and improve ride speed. This technique can be referred to as "Flopping." There are four types of sleds commonly used today: disks, toboggans, tubes, and runner sleds. Each type has advantages and disadvantages if one is trying to get the most out of a given slope. With each course down the hill, the sled's path through the snow can become more icy. Sleds with a greater surface area (disks, toboggans and tubes) are able to make the first runs a great deal easier than the variety of sleds with metal runners. Runner sleds are typically faster once the snow has compacted or turned icy. In the 1880s, Samuel Leeds Allen invented the first steerable runner sled, the Flexible Flyer. Since that date, the ability to steer the sled away from obstacles has led people to believe it to be more appropriate choice for the safety conscious. On the other hand, the hard wood or metal front section of steerable runner sleds is far more likely to cause serious injury if it strikes a person, or if the hands are caught between the steering mechanism and a solid object in a crash. Runner sleds force the weight of the rider onto two thin runners where the pressure causes a microscopic film of snow or ice to melt as the sled passes over it. This invisible layer of fluid reduces friction, causing the sled's speed to greatly exceed that of its flat bottomed relatives. Some people who sled sometimes use ramps or jumps to increase the danger or fun factor of sledding. In some cases, the ramp or jump may send the participant over objects such as fences, boxes, plants, and benches. Well, now that you have the 411 on sledding, grab one and go have some fun!

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