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Top-notch toboggans

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BARRE, Vt. -

You might remember doing it as a kid: The thrill of sliding down the biggest hill in town on a toboggan. Glen Norton is hoping to bring back this good old-fashioned activity with his business, Norton's Vermont Toboggans.

Glen, with the help of his dad, Gary, his son, Isaiah, and wife, Shawn, make the wooden sleds.

"That's three generations," Norton said. "It's real... it feels good."

The business started five years ago and since then they've sold hundreds of toboggans. From baby size to 6-footers, the toboggans are made out of ash and oak, and take about two days to construct.

Reporter Gina Bullard: What is it about ash and oak?

Glen Norton: The color, I like the different colors on my sleds.

Glen and Gary first came up with the idea after they saw a toboggan in a store that didn't exactly meet their standards.

"We were on a flooring job, walked out of a hardware store and saw one smaller than that for $300, and it was thinner and it was stapled together" Glen said.

So, after doing research for hundreds of hours and lots of trial and error building, the Nortons came up with the perfect toboggan. One that goes fast, yet is sturdy. They say the hardest part is bending the nose. It took them so long to perfect this process, they didn't want to show it on camera.

"That's the hardest part," Glen said. "Anyone could put them together, but figuring out how to bend them without cracking them is the hardest part."

Norton's toboggans cost $150-$180.

"These are more expensive than a plastic sled, but they'll last a lifetime," Glen said.

And so will your memories.

"The togetherness, which is why I thought of our slogan: It's not just a sled; it's a memory maker," Shawn said.

A nostalgic activity being kept alive with toboggans that are made in Vermont.

You can buy Norton's Vermont Toboggans at several hardware stores around the state and online.

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