Make Team Building Skis for Field Days, Parties, Scouting & Company Events

Team Building Skis are great for school field day events, company teamwork activities, scouting games, children’s parties, and any situation where you need to force people to work together!

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4 8-foot 2×6 boards
100 feet of 3/8″ polypropylene rope
Electrical Tape

1. From one end of each board, make a mark every 18″.
2. Mark the center of the board at each 18″ increment.
3. Drill 1″ holes about 1/2″ deep, then drill the rest of the hole with 3/8″ bit.
4. Cut rope into 4-ft lengths using electrical tape to keep rope from fraying.
5. Feed rope through the holes and tie a knot on the bottom side that will recess into the 1″ hole.
6. Tie handles on the top side of the rope if desired.
7. Hop on and start skiing.

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  1. littlebigs
    May 17, 2014


  2. extreehugger69
    May 17, 2014

    Steve, we used them almost 50 years ago at a youth camp great to see them in use again Thanks

  3. Mario Cappellano
    May 17, 2014

    Looks like fun, but I saw at least one kid cheating in there!

  4. Zerkbern
    May 17, 2014

    Romper  Room!   LOL, I'm old enough to admit I remember that show.   We didn't have enough money for "store bought" though so we took coffee cans, poked two holes on the top (well, the bottom–turned over) and fed ropes through.  They were just as fun and we made them ourselves!

  5. Hussam Jan
    May 17, 2014

    excellent vid

  6. Mike Waldt
    May 17, 2014

    Certainly a different project this week Steve! Good job mate.
    Take care.

  7. LXGIK 80
    May 17, 2014

    Now I know I'm not the only that vacuums them self.

  8. Not Just Sawdust
    May 17, 2014

    One of the all time favorites on the Dutch KingDay Games! (next to toilet bowl  throwing, sack humping, wheel barrel racing and eating cake from a rope blindfolded!) 

  9. J Tuffts
    May 18, 2014

    Nice Job Steve, thank you.

  10. Artur Szopa
    May 18, 2014

    oh man. I've completely forgotten. thank you for the reminder.

  11. Adam Quincey
    May 18, 2014

    Looks like great fun… Cheers…

  12. David Shwartz
    May 18, 2014

    You can round-over or sand the edges so stons or rocks on the filed won't break off pieces of loose end grain from wehre you cut with the Jig saw.

    Sorry if it doesn't make sense, my English is not that great…

    when I was in the Army we had a Brigade sport competitions day once a year and did some stuff like that, it was really fun.
    Especially for guys like me who was Combat logistics and knew that we'll get our butts kicked in Krav Maga… =)

  13. PeterCut62
    May 18, 2014

    Hello from Belgium. Nice job Steve ! Who won, the purple team or the black team ? Nice music, who is it ?

  14. louis scott
    May 18, 2014

    i have used an open flame to singe that rope that seals the rope-no tape

  15. Zaftig Buff
    May 18, 2014

    Great idea, Steve. In the end of the clip it certainly looked like the kids were have fun. Where did you get the idea?

  16. Mats Turnings
    May 18, 2014

    Always great To see someone using something you've spent time time and hard work on great project Steve !

  17. Adam Roman
    May 19, 2014

    mmmmm I think the most interesting part of this video was that odd shaped scrap of 2×4….I think that was a clue of what you're building for the contest.  Because there was no need to show us the holes in a scrap….you could have just showed us the final product.  Are you build a space ship?!? 🙂

  18. randyb399
    May 19, 2014

    Definately going to do this with my Cub Scouts.

  19. Nate Evans
    May 19, 2014

    Great idea for a camping game, when the kids get tired of the came its firewood! You probably know this already but to help with fraying a lighter works great as it melts the strands together. Keep the great videos coming!!
    God bless,

  20. Badlands Wood-N-Stuff
    May 19, 2014

    I can't wait to see these in use, fun fun fun.

  21. Karl's Variety Channel
    May 22, 2014

    Brings back memories. we built these back in the 60's with the Cub Scouts.

  22. Robbiethewoodturner
    May 22, 2014

    looked like the kids were have fun and you too well done greate idea 

  23. Not Known
    May 24, 2014

    Even though I have no need to build them, I still enjoy watching your videos. Its hard finding good wood project channels on YouTube, but you're great

  24. Paul John's Life
    May 28, 2014

    As a Cub Scout Den Leader, and Boy Scout parent, I think I might actually want to make a set of these. Thanks for the idea! 

  25. Joseph Gillen
    July 15, 2015

    Steve, I'm finally getting ready to build these and I'm looking forward to using them. Question, though. A 2×6 seems kinda heavy. Was that a problem, or just part of the challenge? I'm thinking of using it for elementary kids, so I might use 2×4's.

  26. Ron Sissons
    August 15, 2015

    if I was to make them 6 ft long. how far would i measure for the holes. at 8 ft you measured 18 in. thanks

  27. Barb Craven
    May 2, 2017

    Is there an instruction sheet with a list of needed items?  I would like to find a carpenter to build these for my gym class.

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