WildSnow Weekend — DIY Winch Cover for the Ski Touring Trailhead

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 13, 2016      

What? A winch cover on WildSnow.com? For those of you just getting started with DIY on the sewing machine, consider this a practical application of the “box corner bag,” the classic way to make everything from a stuff sack to a bicycle cover. Perhaps the basics for a home made ski bag? Follow along.

DIY winch cover.

DIY winch cover.

We bought the WildSnow big rig a new winch after the old Harbor Freight cheapo burnt out installing Lisa’s wood fired hot tub (oops).

The new winch, Warn XD900Di, sits on our customized front bumper, ready to ease us out of the occasional ditch dump at a ski touring trailhead, or stranding on the muddy two-track at Wildsnow field HQ. It’s set up on a Warn portable hitch receiver mount we can attach to both the front and rear of the truck. The rear option is wired to a high amperage selector switch under the hood. Pretty slick. Or so His Blogness says, anyhow.

Warn winch mounts on a customized 2 inch receiver attached to our front bumper, it easily comes off and mounts on rear trailer hitch so we can recover backwards.

Warn winch mounts on a customized 2 inch receiver attached to our front bumper (receiver is hidden behind winch, it easily comes off and mounts on rear trailer hitch so we can recover backwards.

Magnesium chloride is used to melt our icy roads. It’s corrosive and the slime that results when you mix with road dust makes an incredibly goopy mess (white ski clothing is not an option). Coating an expensive winch with this stuff is a recipe for endless maintenance and repairs, not to mention the basic annoyance of handling the winch when it’s draped in crud.

To protect the winch, we made a simple cover using Sunbrella fabric scraps that our friends at UpSki generously tossed our way.

The winch cover is just a simple box corner bag

The winch cover is just a simple box corner bag with a gathered opening. To begin, cut fabric twice the height of winch, adding inches to compensate for width of winch, and seam allowance. Fold.

To make a box corner

To make the box corners, make a corner peak by laying side seam along bottom fold line. Make a line across the peak which will be the width of the cover; should be ample enough to fit over winch. Sew along the line.

Make a generous hem with an opening to insert bungee draw cord.  Voilà, fini!

Make a generous hem with an opening to insert bungee draw cord. Voilà, fini!

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4 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — DIY Winch Cover for the Ski Touring Trailhead”

  1. Scott Nelson November 14th, 2016 2:15 am

    Just curious…how much does that winch weigh with synthetic line? Can one of you move it to and fro around the truck?

  2. Lou Dawson 2 November 14th, 2016 7:47 am

    Hi Scott, I didn’t weigh it, seems like it’s about 70 pounds, I usually move it with two people but I can do it by myself if necessary. Lou

  3. UpSki Kevin November 15th, 2016 5:49 pm

    haha… it almost looks like you borrowed one of our patterns to fold that corner so neatly! glad to see you finally got around to building it – it looks good- now lets hope you don’t actually need the winch this winter.

  4. Cody November 18th, 2016 3:04 pm

    Upski, why is your product better than a foil kite? Looks like has far less control, less versatility, definitely pricier, and looks to be heavier as well.

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