Other than hot chocolate and some cold-weather gear, a little bit of cardboard is all it takes to enjoy a snow day. Rather than drop big bucks on a designer snow sled, kids (and adults for that matter) can enjoy a ride down a snowy hill inside a cardboard box. If you've got lots of cardboard and some ingenuity, you can make a fleet of sleds for the whole neighborhood!
Some people take it a step further by designing and decorating cardboard sleds. Still others have turned it into an all-out sport. Events such as the Telluride Cardboard Sled Derby and the Mount Sunapee Intragalactic Cardboard Sled Race challenge entrants to design, build and race in cardboard sleds built with only the basics. The Mount Sunapee race, for example, limits building materials to cardboard, wax, tape and paint -- zero hardware permitted. And as you can see from the picture on the right, contestants get pretty creative.