Cardboard Box Sled Derby

Update: Due to unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow, the event has been cancelled. However, we will still host a VIRTUAL version of the sled derby! See below for details!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Start planning now for one of our more fun and creative winter programs! Join us as we team up with the Moultonborough Recreation Department on Sunday February 11th for a Cardboard Box Sled Derby! Use your imagination to transform and ordinary cardboard box into an extraordinary sled and race it down the hill at Castle in the Clouds. This awesome family friendly event is open to all ages, will tap into your creative side, and get you outside in the fresh air for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and chilly thrills!

Don’t forget – The Carriage House Restaurant will be open from 11:00am through 3:00pm for those who want a bite to eat before the event. If you’re aiming for the “fastest ride” we recommend eating a big meal!

Get creative and theme your sled any way you like.

Cardboard Box Sleds and riders will be judged on creativity, design, and theme. Ribbons will be awarded in multiple categories that include best construction & use of cardboard, and most creative design. Costumes are encouraged and protective headgear is recommended as wipeouts do happen.

After the derby, guests are invited to stay and continue the sledding fun. Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy hot cocoa and goodies, compliments of Castle in the Clouds and the Moultonborough Recreation Department.

This free event is open to the public. Donations are appreciated to help us provide additional programs like this one in the future.

Registration Information:


Registrations must be received in person or via email to Castle in the Clouds or Moultonborough Recreation Department: or

Registration deadline is:  February 23, 2018  by 4:00pm.

Click here to download a registration form with a list of all our guidelines. You can email it to either email address above, fax to 603-476-2512 to snail-mail to Castle in the Clouds Attn: Program Coordinator PO  Box 687 Moultonborough, NH 03254. You can also schedule a time to drop them off in person.

Rules for Building Your Sled

Design Guidelines:

  1. Only regular cardboard, duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, glue, paper & paint may be used to construct the cardboard sleds.
  2. Any type of paint may be used to decorate sleds.
  3. Cardboard only NO PLASTICS OF ANY KIND.
  4. Sleds cannot be wrapped in plastic, shrink wrap, or anything else.
  5. NO Wood, glass, metal, staples, twine, or wire will be permitted on sled.  NO Sharp edges.
  6. Only wax is permitted on the running surface- NO tape is allowed on the running surface.
  7. All designs must be family friendly! No profanity allowed.
  8. SLED Themes, costumes, and enthusiasm are strongly encouraged & appreciated by Judges!
  9. Registered Sled Name must be visible on the sled.   Event administrators and/or Judges reserve the right to disqualify a sled that does not follow the guidelines.

Sleds must be functional as a sled – ie: a person must ride the sled down the hill in order to participate.

For the safety of our riders, sleds may not be attached to one another. You can, however, build a sled large enough to fit more than one person! (Maximum of 4 riders per sled).

Get inspired by viewing pictures of previous year’s events at our Facebook Page!


Rules for Participants

Anyone can participate – there is no age limit!

In order to practice safe sledding, riders are encouraged but not required to wear safety gear such as helmets and sturdy boots.

Submit your photos online for our VIRTUAL Cardboard Box Sled Derby! The warm weather took away the snow on our sledding hill, but we still want to see your works of art!

Share your sleds with us via photo or video. Post to our facebook page or the Moultonborough Recreation Department’s Facebook page, or tag either of us in the photos on your own page (make sure your privacy settings allow for us to see them! Mark it as “public”). You can also email photos to or Our judges will compile all photos, place them into categories, and select the winners. Stay tuned to our social media pages as we’ll be sharing your photos along the way! All winners will be announced via our facebook page.

When submitting your photo, please be sure to include your name, the names of the individuals in the photo if different, ages of the sledders, and the name of your sled if it has one. By submitting your photo you understand that it will be used in promotional pieces and displayed for others to see your beautiful and fun creations!

The deadline for online photo/video submissions is Friday March 2nd. If you haven’t submitted a registration form (linked, and downloadable from above) please submit that via email with your photos.


The event is put on in partnership with the Moultonborough Recreation Department