The traditional horn sled is big, heavy, and has a large seating/loading area. In the alpine region, it was formerly used to transport wood from the mountains and hay from the alpine pastures down to the valley. Today, this tradition is being revived in traditional horn sled races.
Modern models such as the Davos wooden sled consist of a rigid construction with its runners parallel to each other and perpendicular to the track. The seat is either made of wooden slats or woven straps. Similarly constructed sleds are also available in plastic today.
Touring or sport sleds, on the other hand, have a more flexible basic structure and a fixed steering belt. The runners are inclined at an angle to the track, and the seating position is lower to prevent tipping.