History Northern Sled Works began in 1996, offering an alternative winter toboggan to the ever popular local Siglin Sled line. Alpine Toboggans were 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. Optional hardwood ash trim, wooden floor boards, full and half length UHMW runners and complete Cordura or Canvas covers were available on all models. An extra wide (XW) version of the Alpine Toboggan was 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.
In late 2006, Northern Sled Works introduced a replacement for the Alpine Toboggan line: the Cross Fox series of sleds. With high sides and a narrow girth, as well as greater flexibility than the Alpine Toboggan, the Cross Fox sled quickly became a popular choice among trappers, outdoorsmen, and adventurers.
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.