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post #31 of 43
Just put on some old safety straps. I used them for 25 years, even racing, and yes, I did get a ski in the face---once, in about 1000 days of skiing, and that was sectioning a DH course on SL skis. Powder cords work best tied to your leg. Anything else is for wimps to worry about.
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

Just put on some old safety straps.

 

I've been looking for a place to buy those.  Do you know of anyone online or locally who carries them?

post #33 of 43

Newfydog,

I took 8 stitches in the forehead many years ago using just the "safety straps" you talk about and considered myself lucky. A broken and hashed up nose would have been much worse. Quite frankly, I think your post not only ludicrous, but extremely bad advice for anyone interested in keeping their face intact.

Bob
 

post #34 of 43

Safety straps are also a bad idea if you're ever skiing anything that has even a moderate avalanche danger. If you get in a slide, you don't want anything that can pull you under. If you've got safety straps, even if your bindings release, the straps will pull you down with your skis.

post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by CerebralVortex View Post

One word of advice if you do lose a ski in a place like Val d'Isere: don't give up on it straight away.

 

If you can't find the ski after a reasonable amount of time, make your way down to the bottom of the hill and rent another pair of skis. But, keep coming back to the spot where you lost the ski over the next few days. Once the snow stops, it's amazing how much snow will be pushed away by other skiers, even within just a day.

 

I buried a brand new ski on a powder day the first time I went to Val d'Isere. I came back the next day on a pair of rentals and found the tip of my ski sticking out. So many people went through the same patch of powder that they pushed away a foot or two over the whole area.

 

I did that.  I left my probe behind to mark the spot.  Two problems.  First it snowed the next 2 days piling a lot more snow on top.  Second, I didn't lose it on the slope but rather just off piste under a chair in a spot not many people ski.  Last day, I retrieved the probe (with some difficulty) but gave up on the ski.

post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by thebobski View Post

Newfydog,

I took 8 stitches in the forehead many years ago using just the "safety straps" you talk about and considered myself lucky.
 

 

I'd say you were very unlucky.  Back in the day, safety straps were required, even in races.  I never saw a face as messed up as yours in all my years of training and racing.  I'm sure it has happened, but I'll take those odds. Sucks to be you.

post #37 of 43

Just a reality check, and yes, in this day and age 'safety straps' are a bad idea given the alternatives available, but no, you won't die with them, nor are they likely cause the wearer life threatening/altering injury a la the windmilling ski... sure, you'll get bonked, clocked, sometimes cut, but a generation of skiers used them. Can't say I know anyone who was scarred for life, and literally everyone I knew used them in the days before reliable ski brakes... and without helmets. Imagine that!

 

And yes, they are a very bad idea in avalanche territory.

 

And no, other than using them in area for my teley rig (required for everything without a brake), I have no plans to, nor am I an advocate for their use.

 

Powder cords DO work though.

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

 

I've been looking for a place to buy those.  Do you know of anyone online or locally who carries them?

 

The finest ever made were Salomon.  A fellow bear sent me a pair.  Go to the Retro-memories thread and ask around, those guys must have stacks of them.

 

I have another pair which came with some dynafit AT bindings.

post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

  I never saw a face as messed up as yours in all my years of training and racing. 

 

Ooooh ZING!  

 

Thanks for the tip on finding the leashes.

post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

 

I'd say you were very unlucky.  Back in the day, safety straps were required, even in races.  I never saw a face as messed up as yours in all my years of training and racing.  I'm sure it has happened, but I'll take those odds. Sucks to be you.

Back back in the day racers used long thongs (unsafety straps) long leather straps attached to the ski that were wrapped around the leather boots to stiffen them and tighten the boot-bonding interface. Nobody ever lost a ski with those--your leg would come off first. 

post #41 of 43

Sort of off topic...I have my phone number sharpied on my skis just in case.

post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by chraya View Post

 

I did that.  I left my probe behind to mark the spot.  Two problems.  First it snowed the next 2 days piling a lot more snow on top.  Second, I didn't lose it on the slope but rather just off piste under a chair in a spot not many people ski.  Last day, I retrieved the probe (with some difficulty) but gave up on the ski.

 

Yeah, it only works if it stops snowing and enough people have found the same powder patch as you. If it keeps snowing and no one else is skiing the same line, it's not going to work.

 

Good effort though.

post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by chraya View Post

 

I did that.  I left my probe behind to mark the spot.  Two problems.  First it snowed the next 2 days piling a lot more snow on top.  Second, I didn't lose it on the slope but rather just off piste under a chair in a spot not many people ski.  Last day, I retrieved the probe (with some difficulty) but gave up on the ski.


I'm liking my SkiRetrievers more and more.

 

Now to find some deep fresh snow to lose my skis in .

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