Skierbri10, Thanks for the compliment. I think you'll be happy with your purchase, and please post if you are! Post if you aren't too, of course. I do want to know either way.
Shredhead, I looked at the option you outline and decided I didn't want to mount on the powerstrap because on my boots that would put the holster the ribbon would be stored in right in the way of my upper buckles. That would be an ok solution if you only attach it when you are having a powder day, but not as an "always available" feature. BTW - I have a set on my boots and dont mind that they are there at all. In fact, that's exactly what I want. Always available and ready to go whenever you need them. Also, thanks for the thought about taking pictures in deep snow. Keep thinking those thoughts, Butch! We could sure use the snow...
Velobuff, The carabiners pictured are not the ones I'll be using but they are similar and are rated for 65lbs. That's way more than the pressure required to release the break-away strap. I also wanted as small a carabiner as I could get that would thread through the Velcro and form a low profile on the inside of the boot. If I have trouble with them they will be replaced, but I don't anticipate that happening.
skibearll, Thanks very much for the encouragement. Someone else did produce the very item you describe and I had a set of them in my pocket the day I lost my ski.
Lastly, Thank you all who have read these posts whether you've responded or not. I hope a seed has been planted, cuz it really ain't no fun looking for a ski on a powder day!