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What to use to carry Skis to Hike Highlands Bowl?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Heading to Aspen and am wondering people are using to carry their skis when hiking the bowl? 

 

thanks,

Brian

post #2 of 23

By all means hire a Sherpa, preferrably early 20's, blonde, athletic willing to share the total experience with YOU.  

post #3 of 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or maybe...

 

 

 

GoLite Delirium

post #4 of 23

A back pack with ski straps if you don't want to carry them on your shoulder.  I've heard near the gate they also sell a very basic strap that you can use.

 

But Pete's female Sherpa idea sounds much better.

post #5 of 23

You'll probably want water.  So a pack with a hydration sleeve is good.   Lot's of people just use a 6ft loop of webbing.

Highland's patrol sells them as a fund raiser at the patrol shack at the top of Loge.

post #6 of 23

I don't know about Aspen but at Squaw I'm told that it is poor form to carry on a pack--only a shoulder is acceptable. 

post #7 of 23

Perhaps on a helicopter?

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I don't know about Aspen but at Squaw I'm told that it is poor form to carry on a pack--only a shoulder is acceptable. 

Why would a pack be considered poor form?? Something like the Dakine Heli that has a dedicated strap.
post #9 of 23

I bought the strap from the ski patrol shack at the top. Can't remember what I paid for it, but it wasn't expensive, and it works way better than carrying them on your shoulder.

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I don't know about Aspen but at Squaw I'm told that it is poor form to carry on a pack--only a shoulder is acceptable. 

 

There really isn't anywhere at Squaw where you would need to hike the same type of distance it takes to get up to the top of Highlands Bowl.

post #11 of 23

I've done it a few times.  As said above, they sell a basic strap at the patrol shack near the gate.  You definitely want to carry water in some fashion.  My ski jacket has big pockets so I can just slip a normal-size water bottle in there.  If that doesn't work for you, getting a backpack with ski-carrying ability is probably a good idea.

 

Osprey packs make some small hydration packs with ski-carrying ability (see:  http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/group/vertical_endeavors__snowplay/karve_series).

post #12 of 23
Buy an official "Bowl Strap" at the Patrol Shack at the bottom of the hike. It's under $10, and it's the least you can do for those men and women and dogs who work tirelessly to make Highland Bowl safer for you. On top of that, the Bowl Strap actually works very, very well, if you use it right--at least as well as some of the dedicated ski-carrier gadgets, slings, and other solutions I've tried. There are two basic ways to rig it--as a sling that holds your skis diagonally across your back, or as backpack straps that hold your skis vertically in the middle of your back. The Bowl Strap is a good souvenir of your Highland Bowl experience, and folds to fit in your pocket.

When you're picking it up, chat with the patrol about current conditions and recommendation. And ask for a demonstration about how to use the strap if you're unsure. I recommend bringing a standard carabiner or a velcro ski strap to hook the straps together across your chest like a sternum strap on a backpack.

Enjoy--Highland Bowl is one of Colorado's great skiing experiences.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

Could anyone post a picture of the official "Bowl Strap"?  I am going to purchase one, but just would like to see one.

 

Thanks everyone.
 

post #14 of 23

When I ski the big resorts out west, I always ski with a pack.  Mine has a hydration pocket and ski straps built in.  Mine is from EMS but the Dakine Heli Pro is pretty nice too.

 

I like skiing with a pack at these big resorts as I hate to have to head to the bottom or the condo to shed a layer or to add an additional one.  I go up in the morning and don't come back down till late afternoon.  Everything I need is in my pack including snacks and minor tools just in case.

 

Once you get used to skiing with a pack, you don't even notice it is there, assuming it fits you properly and you have it adjusted right.

 

Highlands Bowl is great!  When I hiked it about 10 years ago, it was before I had a pack with ski straps.  That hike made me buy one.  If you are not used to hiking in high elevation, you will need 30-45 minutes to hike the bowl.  Locals do it in 1/2 that time.

 

Good luck

 

Rick G

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I don't know about Aspen but at Squaw I'm told that it is poor form to carry on a pack--only a shoulder is acceptable. 

 

Palisades is probably less than a 1/4" of the distance and at the top of the bowl, you're at 12,400ft!  I always take my avi gear anyhow.

post #16 of 23

AH Ski Patrol strap is a 1 1/2 " web strap with AHSP HAVEFUNSKISAFELY on it,they usually have a few different colors to chose from.real basic ,real effective.

post #17 of 23
Yep--BoyWonder has it right:



It's just a webbing strap, tied in a loop. As he said, "real basic, real effective."

When used properly, it is indeed effective--moreso than many much fancier alternatives. And it supports a good cause--the AH Patrol.

Best regards,
Bob
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 

Palisades is probably less than a 1/4" of the distance and at the top of the bowl, you're at 12,400ft!  I always take my avi gear anyhow.

I was thinking of granite peak--takes me about 30 minutes, takes my son a lot less.  I didn't say Squaw skiers' attitude makes sense, it's just a macho thing.

post #19 of 23

If you have to ask the question, then you need more that the strap or backpack.

 

I see often "neophyte" skiers with expensive packs or straps,,but not used correctly.

 

Let me explain.

 

I watch tadpoles tie up some skis on backpack with ski tails well below pack. Quess what happens when they hike up?

 

The tails constantly hit heels of boots.

 

There is a "correct" way to tight up skis, to carry skis. Learn how to do it. Watch some older skiers.

 

Next time you buy a pack sack look for those sleeves or collars on the bottom sides of the unit. Yes that is where you insert ski tails!

 

Oh above suggestions are also interesting; blondes, horses, mules, etc,,,

post #20 of 23
Third the AHSP strap. Have a great time - fantastic experience! Prefer the "G" lines myself, YMMV...
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

Yep--BoyWonder has it right:

It's just a webbing strap, tied in a loop. As he said, "real basic, real effective."
When used properly, it is indeed effective--moreso than many much fancier alternatives. And it supports a good cause--the AH Patrol.
Best regards,
Bob

I like mine. 

post #22 of 23
I like yours too, TC.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Bob
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

Buy an official "Bowl Strap" at the Patrol Shack at the bottom of the hike. It's under $10, and it's the least you can do for those men and women and dogs who work tirelessly to make Highland Bowl safer for you. On top of that, the Bowl Strap actually works very, very well, if you use it right--at least as well as some of the dedicated ski-carrier gadgets, slings, and other solutions I've tried. There are two basic ways to rig it--as a sling that holds your skis diagonally across your back, or as backpack straps that hold your skis vertically in the middle of your back. The Bowl Strap is a good souvenir of your Highland Bowl experience, and folds to fit in your pocket.

When you're picking it up, chat with the patrol about current conditions and recommendation. And ask for a demonstration about how to use the strap if you're unsure. I recommend bringing a standard carabiner or a velcro ski strap to hook the straps together across your chest like a sternum strap on a backpack.

Enjoy--Highland Bowl is one of Colorado's great skiing experiences.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes


Bumping since there are some Aspen Gathering attendees who might want to use the Aspen patrol's strap when they hike Highlands.

 

Found some good pics of how it gets put on a pair of skis.

 

http://www.skinet.com/skiing/photo-gallery/how-carry-your-skis-bootpack

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