"Meanwhile Grandfather had dragged a big sledge out of the shed"

Wooden sledge
Public DomainWooden sledge - Credit: Offenbach
Sledges (also known as sleds, sleighs or toboggans) were originally used as a practical means of travelling in the Swiss Alps. From the late 19th century onwards, however, sledging developed into a sport. The world's first sled race is said to have taken place in Davos, Switzerland in 1883.