I make the pulk so that you can quickly disconnect the poles to send the kids down the hill during breaks. That sled seems to work the best for the price- I know people have tried the Pelican but it flips over more easily when off-trail. The Paris sled has a wider edge to prevent this. The sled was only available in New England last time I checked.
I agree with riveraddict about the type of sled. I have made a couple and found the paris sled to handle better. The first one I made was from PVC but it is more likely to break if you fall down. I use fibreglass poles now which can stand more abuse. I have thought about using chimney sweeping poles if I ever make another one. They are made of fibreglass and have female and male threaded ends which allow for easy connections to your sled and harness. I can't remember if Home Deopt or Kent carries the 5 foot poles but I wouldn't use less length than that. I mostly tow the sled while cross country skiing though so a shorter length may be fine with snowshoes. Have fun!
Thanks, I got the pelican with 5 foot PVC poles and rigged to a Molle Battlebelt that I no longer have any military use for. I will have both snowshoes and CC skis, carrying both on the outside of the sled and switch as terrain dedicates. I got 200 acres of my own and 20,000 acres of Crown behind that for this, my experimenting, year. I will likely upgrade everything next year. I am hoping to combine this event with a good 4 or 5 day coyote hunt this winter. In terms of winter equipment, I have short snow shovel (emergency car type), 20 inch Grandfors axe, a take down bow saw, a floorless nylon tent (which I am about to sew a stove hole into), nice winter bag with a fleece liner and lots of poly underwear. I still have to get a stove (likely a Ti-goat) and a set of mukluks. Outer gear is mostly army surplus but I have used in all in the Arctic on military operations before so I am confident it will work.