Assuming that there is a reliable eruv, are there any halachic issues with sledding on Shabbos?

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    what with גורר ועושה חריץ בפסיק רישא
    – kouty
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 2:45
  • @kouty Would that apply to snow (in which it should? serve no beneficial purpose and which is destined to melt)?
    – Loewian
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 2:48
  • and the known pb of עובדא דחול?
    – kouty
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 2:51
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    Offhand, it sounds like it may be the same questions as bike riding on Shabbat. Some communities (esp. in Israel) allow it. Most don't. I suspect the main issue is that it's considered a "weekday" type activity. Offhand, I can't think of any direct melachotthat might be violated. Is there any concern of "smoothening" (memarech?) the snow by using the sled? There's no question that the sled flattens and smoothens the snow. What about any concern that the rope to the sled may tear?
    – DanF
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 2:54
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    סימן שא סעיף טז קטע בשתי רגליו ומהלך על שוקיו ועל ארכבותיו ועושה סמוכות של עור לשוקיו יוצא בהם בשבת: may be that this is a little similar so if sled is allowed, no need to eruv. but @DanF is right uvda dechol is the pb
    – kouty
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 3:15

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According to Rabbi Elchanan Lewis on yeshiva.co there is no problem in sledding on shabbos as long as there's an eruv.

  • However ,if it would be a sled used for actual travel then it would be uvdin dchol,it must be talking about a recreational sled,or children's sled
    – sam
    Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 0:45

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