Thanks Charlie, the tracks are anchored to the ground with screws, since the base layer is usually ice/very compact snow. The tracks themselves are often fixed to a wooden frame, and it is the frame that is then secured. Some people run studs though only during ice ovals
It's very popular, mostly in the north, and in the inland where the mountains are. But sleds are expensive here b/c the population is quite small (around 10 million) so not many are sold and most have been sent here from factories abroad. A top of the line sled from 2015, without too many extras, costs over $18,000 and for that money you can get quite a good brand new car! - Don't know what they cost in the US or Canada but imagine it would be a bit les? And the sledding season is so short for the most part, typically Jan - Mar/Apr but the last 2 years have been [email protected], we have ridden no more than 3 times per season and covered a total of maybe 30 miles each season ... even up in the moutains the snow has been much worse than usual. You can still ride around Riksgränsen (mountain area up in the north of the country) but a trip to the mountains is too expensive for us - everything in Sweden is expensive ...
The market for used sleds and part has got somewhat overpriced in recent times, due to the surge in popularity for these retro events 8 years ago, when the series started, old bangers were easy to get hold of for a few hundred $, and parts were reasonably easy to come by, esp for popular models. Now you have to pay quite a lot even for something in poor condition, some sleds from the 60s cost more than sleds from the 80s But this interest has in some ways generated more of a market for new parts, there are forums and facebook pages for swapping parts (as well as the odd swapmeet) and some people sometimes build clones instead. Some people here sometimes order parts from the States as well A price example : on our main secondhand website, Blocket (like Craigslist), there's a Yamaha SS 440 from 1982 - a popular model - (veteran is 1985 and older) for sale for 7000SEK = $850.