SkiPulk.com is the culmination of several years of winter camping and exploration by Grant and Ashley Schnell. Grant has worked in the outdoor education field for years. First as a Student Manager and Graduate Assistant at Outdoor Endeavors at St. Cloud State University and currently in youth treatment programs. While pursuing his Recreation Sports Management undergrad and graduate degrees at St. Cloud State, Grant began to work with Ed Bouffard as a colleague in collegiate outdoor programs. When Ed left higher education to pursue his pulk building passion full time, Grant came along as an associate. After learning the tricks of the trade and purchasing components of Ed's Wilderness Systems (EWS), SkiPulk.com now offers all the pulk systems previously found through EWS.
Grant and Ashley in the Chippewa National Forest with a Paris and Snowclipper
EWS owner, Ed Bouffard, has been designing ski pulks since 1994. While selling pulks, he discovered that many people would rather make their own gear sled than to purchase one. That led to the creation of the PDF book offered on our home page. The PDF includes several designs, parts resources, and lots of other useful info.
Demand for simple but effective pulks led us to expand on our own internet pulk sales. After starting with systems utilizing the Paris sled we purchased Great Outdoors in 2007 to add their renowned family of fiberglass pulks to our line. In 2008, our desire to create the perfect general use pulk led us to mold our own sled (the Snowclipper).
Ed skiing Logan Pass in Glacier Park with a Snowclipper in July.
Our business model is dedicated to helping people enjoy winter travel. To that effect we have created a web site with resources for all winter travelers. To help you make informed decisions about whether a pulk will work for you we have added links to every viable commercial pulk and winter camping toboggan company we can find. In addition, we have links to other wonderful winter camping and mountaineering resources. Eventually, we hope to add more online resources for sharing information.
Our designs and pulks are being used around the world from Japan to Europe, from Australia to Alaska. At Mt. St. Elias they are used by Alaska Mountain Guides and they love them! They are at home in any wilderness.