If you’re in the backcountry and one of your partners gets hurt, you’re best bet on getting them to definitive care is building a rescue sled from your skis. Once built, you can throw your buddy on the sled and start dragging him/her out to safety.
WIthout a rescue sled, you really don’t have an efficient of extracting an injured skier/rider from the backcountry. Hypothermia sets in quickly on an injured human. Leaving someone out overnight while you go to get help isn’t a great option. Thus, we need to know how to build a rescue sled and get our patient out.
learn more about Brooks Range’s rescue sled setup: http://brooks-range.com/Rescue/
Both of these videos display products that you may not have but watching them will get your mind in the right place to create a sled with your own skis. After watching these videos, we recommend getting your gear out and making a sled out of your skis at home. If it doesn’t work quite right, go out and get the gear needed to finish the job and keep that gear with you whenever you ski out of bounds.
One great tip: if your skis don’t have holes in the tips and tails, you can just drill them in there yourself.