Hey everyone, I have seen the pics of Lou’s sled and home made ski carry system, and just saw the new post by Caleb and his ski carry system and I thought I would share a few pics of mine. The problem I see with Caleb’s is that in the event of a roll-over with the sled, the skis could possibly be damaged as the angle of the skis is not in line with the sled as well as the metal tubes used to wedge the skis is not flexible. Same with Lou’s system. I would predict that your skis would just break away from your sled if you tipped it over with those snowboard bindings. Not to mention that, Lou, your exhaust extension is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen, no offense. Bear in mind I’m talking about the worst case scenario here. You do have a college age son with friends and I am that age too, and well, lets just say we have more balls than brains when a throttle is involved.
My home made backcountry ski carry system is made of two ATV gun racks bolted to the rear floorboards and the tunnel. Virtually bomb proof. And the gun racks are rubber so they won’t damage the skis. I utilize bike tubes as my strapping as they flex going down bumpy trails to prevent unnecessary ski flexing as well as in the event of a roll-over they stretch to prevent damage to the skis. As you can see the skis are almost perfectly in line with the rest of the sled if it did roll. And your poles are strapped with your skis (a complaint made by Caleb). I also had a sheet of aluminum bent to prevent my first aid kit (or boot bag) from sliding back into my exhaust turn-out (sold by Yamaha). I have yet to have any problems with this system over the last three years. A buddy just bought the same snowmobile and we built the exact same system on his sled and he can attest to the functionality of it as he has rolled his sled with skis attached.
I hope this helps other backcountry skiers in the future.
One last thing. My sled is for sale. Located in Missoula, MT. If anyone is interested??