Northern Sled Works began in 1996, offering an alternative winter
toboggan to the ever popular local Siglin Sled line. Alpine Toboggans are
winter freight sleds designed to be more rigid, offer a larger drier volume,
and to utilize a flexible tow bar system complete with a reversible spring
loaded hitch design. Initial market targets were outfitters and local
adventurers who wanted to keep as much snow and wet overflow away
from their gear as possible while using an open sled design. Sales doubled
the first three seasons and design improvements from user feedback helped
to produce the 7' Prospector and 9' Expedition models that are available
today. Optional hardwood ash trim, wooden floor boards, full and half
length UHMW runners and complete Cordura or Canvas covers are available
on all models. An extra wide (XW) version of the Alpine Toboggan is also
available on a limited basis for those needing even more freighting capacity.
During the summer of 2002 the Siglin Sled line of winter sleds was acquired
by Northern Sled Works. These remarkable winter freight sleds have
proven to be durable and yet simple in design, making them a favorite of
winter travelers across Alaska and Canada. Heavy freight remains stable due
to the low center of gravity, and the flexible design allows the load to flow
over the contours of the terrain being traversed. This line of sleds has been
tested on several thousand-mile excursions into the vast Alaskan and
Canadian Arctic by Roger Siglin and his companions during the past decade.
More history about Siglin Sleds can be found here.
Northern Sled Works caters not only to every day winter travelers, but also
to several research, search & rescue, and military agencies worldwide. Not
only do state and federal resource agencies in Alaska utilize our products,
but so do various US and foreign government affiliations in charge of
maintaining research facilities in Antarctica. From Iceland to New Zealand
and to the glaciers of the Andes Mountains in Chile, Northern Sled Works is
expanding and becoming the worldwide choice for those who work and
play under extreme arctic environments.