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post #31 of 45

I still have a pair of the orange Salomon safety straps, like newfydog's.  I don't get to use them at all where live, though.  To confirm both his and SpikeDog's comment, there is some potential danger of a 'helicoptering' ski when using these, but I wouldn't think as much in deep powder.  I have firsthand experience of this danger on the hard(er)pack.


Back in the day,(when everyone used 'safetys' and Scott Brooksbank was king) I was skiing the local hill one day, doing laps on the powderless.  (We used to build jumps regularly to break the monotony of skiing the 'boring' terrian here in the Midwest. Ahh, the joys of youth!)  I had been lapping a particularly fun jump for awhile that day when I overshot the landing area(speed kills) coming out of a back-scratcher, where the hill flattens out rapidly.  Well, I landed my right ski fine, but I was a little short with getting the left ski back under me and the tip dug into the hard-pack a few inches, snapped off and helicoptered left in an off-axis arc, whirling around like a yo-yo on a short string, nailing me across the back of my head, thanks to those 'safetys'.  I probably looked like one of those hoverboats, with my left ski as the propeller!!  I was OK, but there was enough blood to scare the heck out of the beginner ski school class when I came walking by, sporting a guaze 'headband' with a big red spot in the back!!  I guess that makes a good case for why you wouldn't want to have the ski-school staging area right next to the patrol shack entrance! 

post #32 of 45

Originally Posted by Squirreljam View Post


When looking, I find the tail (of the other, non-twintip, ski) helps, used in a slicing motion and starting near the first fall divot and working down the fall line from there....


According to TGR, powder cords are "ghey" but I disagree!  Wasting a couple hours on a powder day is way worse.


see how 'ghey' they are after any of them get to dig for a lost ski in some deep...


POW cords work, and are totally 'cool' when they do their job.


... I've also found that attaching a large button to the end of the leash (about 6 ft cord on my set) helps the cord plane towards the surface rather than trail deep down behind the ski.

...Could also use a piece of light, stiff colored plastic like from a 'soft' presentation folder...


On Sat., I watched 2 guys diggin for a ski up on Climax at Mammoth. I got in 3 runs down before they finally had either found the ski or had given up... Snow wasn;t as deep there as other parts - only about 16-18 inches of Fresh from Friday. But they were in the lee side of a big rock and the snow had prolly piled to about 30 inhces in that spot...

I stopped on my second run down and hinted they might want to 'sweep' with a ski tail (a la Squirreljam's tip...). They had already dug out about a 10 ft sq area, BY HAND!  One guy had his parka off and looked to be puffin like a steam engine...

Bummer to that was they both had skis in the 160's, so not a lot of tail length to be workin with...

felt bad, but was glad it wasn;t me... popcorn.gif


awesome good up there these past 4 days...

post #33 of 45

OK, back OT.  I don't know if we can chalk this one up to the curse of Bob Peters, although this happened the day after skiing with Bob at Alta in '98. We were skiing the trees at Solitude, on the backside of Eagle Ridge, somewhere between Here Be Dragons and Navarrone.  One member of our group lost one ski about a quarter of the way down.  It was the last run of the day, and the shadows were looming.  We stopped below our friend about 50 vertical feet down his line.  He said he thought he saw it going downhill, so we covered the area between him and us; found nothing.  Snow wasn't real deep, just lots of woods and impending darkness.  We continued down, thought we saw a track leading into a thicket, kept on searching, lost the trail, still no ski.


Patrol came by on his mountain sweep after we'd been searching for almost an hour, working our way downhill.  Still alot of run below us at that point.  Darkness was fast-approaching.  Patrol was telling us we had to wrap it up, so, while our one-skied friend was navigating the rest of the way down to the floor of Honeycomb canyon, I went ahead, following the direct downhill path of the missing 'torpedo'.  When I got to the flats, lo and behold, the ski was just laying there in the clear, right-side up, on top of the snow, looking lonely, like a puppy waiting for its Master to catch up after running out too far ahead of him.

I enjoyed free beverages for the rest of the trip! beercheer.gif

post #34 of 45

Would a 5 foot medium width dog leash work? You can get two for like 10 bucks. Seems a lot cheaper than 20. biggrin.gif And the doubled over loop part on the end would help it float.


post #35 of 45


Originally Posted by aschick View Post

Would a 5 foot medium width dog leash work? You can get two for like 10 bucks. Seems a lot cheaper than 20. biggrin.gif And the doubled over loop part on the end would help it float.


way, way, way too heavy... not just in weight but 'substance'




here ya go, enough to make sets for the whole family.../ tribe.../ POW patrol...


pick something light, flat and bright for the end


cut a 2" diameter disk outta something light flexible plastic like this and attach to free end...


...makes a great Christmas gift for your ski buddies...
...extras sets for the ski locker and travel bag and...


post #36 of 45

This happened to my son at Highlands a few years ago.  Group of 12 couldn't find it, patrol came along and joined in the search but no luck.  They filed a report and called him that July to say they had his ski.  We were about a week away from making the trip to go look for it. Ski was fine, all it needed was a tune.  Kudos to the Highland's patrol for following through.

post #37 of 45

I bought a package of 2x 13 ft thin red lashing straps for $10. That should be enough for 4 skis. Too bad I have no use for the nice metal buckles and will have to cut them off.


I almost lost a demo last year in about 2 ft of snow at Alta. Luckily the guy I was skiing with was uphill of me when it came off in a drift (the demo bindings were not really set right for me either) and saw where it went. This year I will be skiing with my wife and her skis have nearly white topsheets - so I'm thinking if it comes off it will be very hard to spot even if it is not submerged.

post #38 of 45
Thread Starter 

I went back up yesterday to poke around for it. I took a metal detector but it's only good for about 8 inches, and there had already been a foot of new snow. Guess I'll hike back up this spring.



post #39 of 45

Well, I will add my story to the pile.   How many people remember the blizzard of 77-78 on the east coast.   That's the one that closed a couple of states.  Well it just happen to be the two for one day at Wildcat a group of us came over from Sunday River for the day.  I lost a ski and searched for 20 minutes.  I gave up so I turn to heading down the Mt. But before I left the area I had to answer the call and Ped right on my ski.  Boy I was glad that I had all that beer.

post #40 of 45

Curious ...........Did you ever get that ski back??


I recently did a cartwheel on the Glory Hole at Alta and lost a Line Mr. Pollard Opus for a while........white ski, nowhere to be seen , searched for a long time with help. finally spotted it about 300 feet below on the surface, it ran all the way down the steep slope i was on .  ended up riding my other ski like a sled down to it. one of the last days of the season , man would i have been mad if i didnt get that ski back , new this season, wife would of been even more angry! 


ill be ordering those powder leashes this offseason from fly2mike!

post #41 of 45
Thread Starter 

As a matter of fact I did!


I happened to have GPS on my RIM Blackberry (old cell phone tech for you youngins - now they just sue people to make money) and pulled the coordinates.

I gave the numbers to Patrol - next year I came up and they had it in lost and found! Not sure if they used the GPS info or just happened to find it while on sweep.




I have bought some nice pow straps since - I'm ready.

post #42 of 45

Nice return to an old thread.


A friend's kid was pond skimming at A-Basin last year and lost his ski in the water. They searched until they were too cold to no avail. The kid returned in the summer and hiked up to Lake Reveal and followed the stream. Again, no ski. It is still a mystery.


Someone lost a demo ski from the shop I work in a few years ago. He was in the Burn and had no clue where to point us to look for it in the spring. We never have had the ski returned; it had a shop sticker on it.

post #43 of 45

that's awesome!


think i was one of the last people around with a blackberry, very familiar!! :beercheer: 

Edited by blackke17 - 4/27/16 at 8:28am
post #44 of 45
Does losing half a ski count? Front of my nice red Head Killy's snapped clean off, left it somewhere on the front of Snowbird. Skied down on one.
post #45 of 45

Years ago, my wife and I were skiing Turbo at A-Bay and she had a yard sale coming out of the funnel.  After everything stopped moving, looking around, I spotted a ski, a pole,another pole....  Well, we spent the rest of the day digging up Turbo and the off-trail track on each side, helped by the Patrol, looking for her other ski.  Nada.  She had to hike out.  As she was skiing Volants, the next day we came back with three people, shovels, and a metal detector. We spent all day digging up Turbo, and again the off-trail track on each side.  Again, nada. So, we came back in July, with three people and the dog (big mistake; the runs are much steeper without snow banked up on them, and the dog kept throwing me off balance).  Eventually, we found her ski.  Near the bottom, in the woods, 15 feet up in the branches of a tree.  Not making this up.  Anyway, next season she took her Volants in to be tuned, one of which was very rusty...the tuning guy turned them over, looking at them, and asked, "Lady, where do you store your skis?"  "Oh, about 15 feet up in a tree on Turbo," she replied. "Cool," responded the tuner-dude.  True story.

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