Ever try to turn a Flexible Flyer? Even with Arnold at the helm, it takes a Herculean force to miss that bush at the bottom of the hill. A tiny company out of Silverton, Colo., is changing all that with its new line of handmade, sustainable-wood Mountain Boy Sleds.
Brice Hostin started the company out of his garage after making a sled for his wife for Christmas. Someone came by and offered to buy it, so he sold it, leaving his wife high and dry. The same thing happened with the next one he made for her. “She ended up getting sled number 15,” he says.
After making 50 sleds his first year, Mountain Boy now produces 14,000 sleds and wagons per year, some offshore and some in its facility in the mountains of Colorado. There’s reason for the run and growth. Made from Russian birch and other sustainable hardwoods, as well as glue-free, sustainable construction practices, the sleds work, plain and simple. As well as being suitable as living room wall art, they’re even more suitable for the slopes, turning where they’re supposed to thanks to a unique pivot point and steering system developed by Hoskin. Prices range from $129 – $299, with models ranging from toboggans and pull sleds to flyers and more. One line even includes wagons that convert into sleds.
“The growth has been amazing but more importantly, we’re having fun making them,” says Hoskin, who also hands his hands full distilling Montanya Rum in Silverton. “I don’t know who has more fun using them…kids or adults.” Info: www.mountainboysleds.com