PULL A SLED THE SMART WAY
Invest in a good sled.
Expect to spend around $300 (we like SkiPulk’s Snowclipper Pulk; $265). Chest harnesses are pricier but stay in place better and offer more forward leverage than a belt. Opt for rigid poles in rolling terrain to keep the sled from colliding with your calves on descents.
Choose an appropriate trail.
Start with snow-covered roads—they’re wide , wellmarked, and generally gentle. Avoid grades steeper than 25 degrees, switchbacks, spring slush, and boilerplate.
Bring a friend (and some rope).
If you must sidehill, have the friend tie off to the uphill back corner of the sled and move in tandem with you, remaining beside and uphill of the sled to keep the line taut. On downhills, get your friend to tie into the back. Then, pizza like you’re in ski school.
Put the heaviest items low and near the center of the sled, and keep the overall sled height as low as possible to reduce tipping. Store everything in a handful of large stuffsacks or duffels to prevent small items from wriggling free.