Picture of gentleman's ski poles
Skiing can be a thirsty sport. Your extra large ski jacket may have many pockets to carry some quintessential quenching quaff, but it's already full with goggles, sunglasses, handwarmers, cell phone, MP3 player, headphones, and that amusingly-shaped stick you found when you went off-trail, so there’s no room for a bottle. Not even a flask.

Why not adapt something you’d be carrying anyway? Enter the gentleman's ski pole. Made with a few dollars worth of hardware store bits and pieces, you can make portable liquid container. For the refined gentleman, your schnapps is sippable even when you can’t reach your pockets. Also, by combining the pole with a flask, you're less encumbered when on the chairlift and far less likely to inadvertently drop a skiing accessory.

Forget bringing a St.Bernard on your next ski trip, all you need is the gentleman's ski pole! A discreet decanter for the discerning downhill gentleman

Enough talk, let's hit the slopes in style!

*this project is in response to the Cold Pole liquid reservoir ski pole. My version is about 1/10th the price.

Step 1: Tools + materials

Picture of tools + materials
  • drill + bits
  • hobby knife
  • adhesive
  • clear PVC tubing
  • travel-size plastic bottles
  • ski poles

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Yes, this is illegal.

Medicinal use is ok.

In Colorado, maybe, but we don't all live in "The Land Of The Free".

Alcohol IMPAIRED skiing is illegal but as long as you aren't above the legal limit for the state of Colorado there is nothing illegal about it.
Sure but most ski resorts serve alcohol, some even mid-mountain ski-up. Not much different.
DoItOrDie8 months ago

Hmm, maybe one could make the other pole into a blowgun with sleep darts for bringing down small game as emergency food if you get stranded. Or perhaps other pesky skiers if they get in your way. The darts could be stowed inside along with matches. Which brings to mind the survivalist ski pole, loaded with the stuff often shown put into candy tins in other ibles. Heck, it could be used as a fishing pole, as well as, a pick for getting through the ice. The survivalist walking stick in summer? The possibilities abound.

Raitis10 months ago

Thanks for the inspiration! This tube method allows you to put drinkable liquids in almost anything. Like an axe!

Wow, really cool! This would be very usefull when I´m going out on a winter-activity, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobile ect. I´ll try to make this, looks fairly simple! One question though...How can you bore into the WHOLE lenth of the pole? Could you do this with more...handheld tools? I dont exactly own a whole workshop, although I will check if I can borrow my grandfathers worskshop sometime.

mikeasaurus (author)  Newmoongazelle1 year ago

The poles are hollow, you're only boring through the plastic handle.

thats awesome:)
I loved the concept but I must ask, all kidding aside, is this safe plastic and glue wize. My mom died of cancer from chemicals like those in plastics. It is devastating and horrid. I do like this concept though.

hope someone does on and sources food grade plastic parts..

didn't mean to be a bummer, but it took my mom 14 miserable years to die, from exposure in her 20's and 30's.

mikeasaurus (author)  spark master3 years ago
There's plenty of vinyl PVC tubing that is used for potable water, and shouldn't be an issue to use with many other consumable liquids (assuming you're not storing the liquid in the tubes for more than a few hours at a time). Look for tubes that are "NSF-PW", "NSF-61" or "ANSI" compliant for potable water use.
Cool breeze, but the soap bottles the glue, that is worrysome. I love this thing. I wanna make one in a walking stick.I have carved many many sticks so this is fine by me. And I would put a very nice adult beverage in mine.

Let me know what you find on the glues. I think olden fashions plugs might do for the one end (with a clamp, or spiral wound nylon line) and a plug at other end.........hmmm

sounds good to me
mikeasaurus (author)  spark master3 years ago
The plug and the bottle neck are friction fit to the tubing, the only glue contact id on the outside of the tube to the handle. Done correctly, there should be no glue contact with anything that contains consumables.
Sorry for back posting, I just thought this might be of interest from others. In the lab you can store 96% ethanol in HDPE plastic containers. HDPE (High-density polyethylene) is resistant to most solvents, and that strength of ethanol doesn't leave a mark - if you washed them out well enough you could even used HDPE milk containers to store it in! You can get hold of HDPE tubing [link: http://www.aetnaplastics.com/products/d/HDPolyethyleneFlexibleTubing], although it isn't all that flexible, but with a bit of teasing you should be able to make this inspired ski pole with it. On the glue front there is a company called Master Bond that produces food safe glue [link: http://www.masterbond.com/tds/ep42ht-2fg] that can resist a number of solvents. I suggest contacting them to see if it would be suitable, but I can't see why not.
Hope this is a little more reassuring! A
I was going to try this Instructable, but since it's only for 'gentlemen', I guess It's not for me (a woman). Oh well...
mikeasaurus (author)  doctressjulia3 years ago

Or, you can see past the satirical naming convention used here and make one that's way better than mine. Maybe there's a ladies ski pole that would out this one to shame?
Yes- the ladies booze pole holds way more booze. ;)
iwantanto3 years ago
Genius idea, but how to avoid the liquid being frozen inside the poles?
Depending on whats inside (hehehe) it might not freeze
this liquid won't freeze easily
Isnt this illegal? Because consuming alcoholic beverages while operating anything that moves like a skateboard even could result in a DUI..
girvster3 years ago
Just as a bit of extra info:

This item is also known as a 'tippling stick' or (or rare occasion) a 'smugglers knob'
instruct393 years ago
that is so cool!
Nice Idea...... But what did you coat the inside of the pole with so the alcohol does not eat into the aluminium. Like a beer can, if it is not lacquer coated it can make you sick.
mikeasaurus (author)  JSUTHERLAND83 years ago
Clear vinyl PVC tubing, as mentioned in the body of the article. Don't just pour alcohol inside the pole.
fjordcarver3 years ago
Proud to be a Canadian! Combine with a party toque and you are good to go. This is going to save so much time!! No more injecting oranges with vodka for snow excursions!
Now wait just a dawggoner minute there mr fjordcarver, injecting oranges gets you a mixed drink on the slopes, so by having both you have a screwdriver AND emergency BACK UP!!!!!!!!!

As stick carver I love the idea enough to put one in a walking staff for excursions, just never let the Scout Master see it , (or maybe give him one, ....only kidding).Then add the party torque and soon you will be ejected from troop, but happy!!!!

LynxSys3 years ago
If the mallet approach doesn't work, I can tell you that many poles (at least of the cross-country skiing variety) tend to have their tips and grips hot-glued on. At the ski track where I work, we use a heat-gun to carefully heat the grip (wear gloves!) until the plastic is hot enough to melt the glue inside it without melting the grip itself. Some patience is required, and you'll need a stick of hot-glue to put the grip back on. Once you reach the requisite heat, the grip should twist-off fairly easily (requiring almost no more force than a friction-fitted part would).
tjk19393 years ago
Nice ible. When my kids raced we used to use compressed air to blow the grips off the handle bars. Might work on the ski poles.
tjesse3 years ago
I was just looking for hidden flasks on Amazon. Great idea!
I'm going to make a shotgun one for hunting... Now which barrel should be the flask?
mikeasaurus (author)  tjesse3 years ago
Whichever barrel is larger (obviously).
prof.keil3 years ago
I have the fondest memories of sharing a whiskey with a stranger on a lift. I've been looking for this off and on for years. Thanks!
archangl3 years ago
I love this idea! I'm going to do this to my hiking poles!
EHenningL3 years ago
My friend's Dad had a pair of these way back in the day, and have been looking for them for years. I can't wait to make my own pair. Also you could pay for your ski lift if you make a few extra and sell them out of the back of your truck.
bentcyclist3 years ago
I can do this for bicycle handelbars!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Very resourceful. I can just imagine next summer full of "gentlemen" walking around with canes and walking sticks. ;)
I already carry a walking stick with a glass phial inside :-) and purchased ski poles like this some years ago in Europe. Life is wonderful apres-ski or apres-walk
This is soooo cool! How much fits into each ski pole, ounces, mLs, etc?
mikeasaurus (author)  twistedsense3 years ago
That really depends on the diameter and length of the tubing you use. For my ski poles I was able to fit about 180ml (6-7 fluid ounces).
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