As a rule, the best snow at any ski resort isn't served by a chairlift. You gottahike. Here's a cheap, easy way to carry your skis without killing your shouldersor thwacking your buddy: Make your own ski sling. Start by taking 12 feet of 1.5-inchflat webbing and tying it into a loop with a water knot. Feed the loop twice aroundyour skis–above and below the bindings–and sling them diagonally across your back.(Make it three wraps for a closer fit.) Be sure to quiet your breathing as youcruise past the competition; you don't want to look like you're trying.