New England Creativity
Best Part: Most rope tows are powered by gas engines. Viens’s uses an electric motor. “It starts right up,” he says, “so it’s easy for the kids to turn on.”Name: Carter Proctor
Location: New Durham, New Hampshire
Project: Homemade luge run
Materials Used: Snow, wood
Time to Assemble: Ongoing; maintained consistently throughout the season
Inspiration: In 2009, Proctor’s yard was buried in snow, and he found himself about to host a big family event, including kids who’d want to go sledding. By packing snow down, Proctor built a 4-foot-tall ramp with a long run. “That first one was okay,” he says, “but I was already thinking about how it could be better.”
Evolution: The following winter, Proctor built a 26-foot-long wooden ramp, 9 feet high at the start. “Each year it turns into more of an adult ride,” he says. “I water it down at night. I added lights. The corners were close to 6 feet high last year. I get addicted to perfecting it.”
The Course: Proctor’s run tracks his long, winding driveway and totals about 350 feet in length. “There isn’t a lot of slope, but we still get speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, which feels very fast,” he says.
Best Sled: “We’ve tried all different shapes and sizes,” Proctor says. “But so far nothing works better than simple, inexpensive, plastic toboggans.”
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