Originally Posted by markojp
No. Except the last sentence. Unless they're skiing around tree wells.
"No" to what ?
Are you suggesting to all skiers , instructors included, (and many instructors are not experts for that matter), that they "should not" use pole straps? Are you suggesting all that I said was "false", that having poles secured via poles straps, and hence having your poles and using them is "not" helpful in steep terrain, powder, traversing ? I missed this, must have been asleep when I was learning, and sleeping when I ski.
And if you are an instructor and if I understood you correctly, do you tell all who come to your classes to remove their hands from the pole straps, is that a mantra in your ski school or mountain? I am curious since it is contrary to what I know, experienced, and so do elaborate. It will be an education.
And from all the evidence Tog provided, medical journal references, suggests, this skiers thumb story has little or spurious correlation to using pole straps.