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Powder leashes

post #1 of 6
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After a fall last season that left me searching for my ski for about 30 min, watching people getting face shots left and right as I dig through the snow, I decided I needed powder leashes/cords etc.

I want to hear your experiences on powder leashes/cords and what designs work best.

My idea was to get about a 6 foot length of bright orange ribbon, tie a small carrabeener or other detaching mechanism to one end, and then the keeping the other end loose. The carrabeener would attach to the binding (detatchable when getting on gondalas) and the loose end would would wrap up, and attach to the bootleg with a peice of Velcro I would sow on. This way, the ribbon comes out in a fall, and likely will not come undone during normal skiing.

Anywhere I could possibly buy better designs?
post #2 of 6

Guess you were having too much fun skiing the powder at Snowbasin to catch these threads.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/131720/new-powder-cord-leash-finalized-design-for-sale

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146357/what-do-you-use-for-powder-leashes

 

The Alta Ski Shop has a sign that asks something like "$12 or $400?" on powder days.  Meaning that spending $12 for powder cords is a worthwhile investment over having to pay for a new pair of skis when one gets lost in deep powder.  I bought powder cords after needing help to find one that popped off on Ballroom when I was just starting to ski deeper powder.

 

Although if you wait long enough, a lost ski does sometimes find it's way back to the owner.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/101830/ever-lose-a-ski

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Guess you were having too much fun skiing the powder at Snowbasin to catch these threads.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/131720/new-powder-cord-leash-finalized-design-for-sale

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146357/what-do-you-use-for-powder-leashes

 

The Alta Ski Shop has a sign that asks something like "$12 or $400?" on powder days.  Meaning that spending $12 for powder cords is a worthwhile investment over having to pay for a new pair of skis when one gets lost in deep powder.  I bought powder cords after needing help to find one that popped off on Ballroom when I was just starting to ski deeper powder.

 

Although if you wait long enough, a lost ski does sometimes find it's way back to the owner.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/101830/ever-lose-a-ski


lol, Thanks for those links. Might head over to alta ski shop 

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by kbat11700 View Post


My idea was to get about a 6 foot length of bright orange ribbon, tie a small carrabeener or other detaching mechanism to one end, and then the keeping the other end loose. The carrabeener would attach to the binding (detatchable when getting on gondalas) and the loose end would would wrap up, and attach to the bootleg with a peice of Velcro I would sow on. This way, the ribbon comes out in a fall, and likely will not come undone during normal skiing.
 

 

I made something similar. I used a length of orange nylon cord with a small carabiner on either end. I clip one end to the ski brake and the other end to my boot. I gather the cord with some masking tape that rips open when I lose my ski. I also put a piece of tape with my phone number on each ski just in case I can't find it but someone else does.

post #5 of 6

Put a big button or big knot or something lumpy on the free end of the cord to help the end rise to the surface of the snow.

 

A tip for finding a lost ski---Often they are higher up the hill than one expects, so start the dig at the top end of your slide.  Use the tail of a ski like a big knife to slice through the snow.  You can cover a lot of area quickly, and it'll clunk when it hits the buried ski.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have got a design set out. Thanks for the help. For about $20 I will have material to make 8 decent quality cords.
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