When I was a kid I usually took the snow hills with a tube. I had a super tube or some plastic thing that was pretty fast, I would actually pass other inner-tubers. I would bring my dog on his leash and he would run down with me, often pulling me even faster and then try to pull me back up the hill to go on, he was a runner, and a thrill junkie. Every once in a while though there would be that family that would show up with the old school wooden toboggan. Riding down with them could often result in injury.