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post #31 of 47
Regarding stopping under lift lines: Forget the nose clearing, saw a guy peeing off the chair once.

And the ski release: Guy in front of me at a ground level mid station loading point got his tip stuck in the snow and ski released. Ski was sticking up, so being the good samaritan, I tried grabbing the ski to take up with me. The tail of the ski caught the bottom of the chair. With the tail hitting the bottom front of the chair combined with me leaning way forward trying to pull the ski out, chair tipped forward and I had a nice first face plant off the chair. Embarrassing, but funny as hell too.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by nolo
Hence the advice not to stop under chairlifts; though having watched people clear their sinuses on the chairlift without benefit of tissue, my fear is not so much having equipment fall on me.
Agreed, also once I had a pair of "well-mannered" teen age snowboarders (sorry but they were teen agers and they were snowboarders, and that's it) try to hit me with their saliva (a.k.a. spitting on me)
They didn't succeed, I heard the prepping noises and moved away, but I couldn't reach them anyway, the chairlift top station was too away for my old and tired body to reach it in time to meet with the two lads.

About the topic itself, when I was a kid I had a very lousy pair of bindings, mounted on my my first ever owned skis, the heel piece tended to pop open for no reasons at all, its design was similar to the pantograph that railway electric locomotors have mounted on their tops to reach the power line...
Anyway I nearly lost one ski while on a chairlift, but I noticed it in time.
Also, the chair was already equpped with ski rest bar...
post #33 of 47
Happened to me twice on a pair of seasno rentals. first time i clacked them together,a nd one ski pops off and lands with the tail in the snow sticking stragiht up in between two boarders in a lesson line :O they were might scared!!
sedcond time it fell off and hit the snow. finally i got smart and tightened the DINS.
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by Nobody
Agreed, also once I had a pair of "well-mannered" teen age snowboarders (sorry but they were teen agers and they were snowboarders, and that's it) try to hit me with their saliva (a.k.a. spitting on me)
I had the same experience in Steamboat one year. Luckily I was near the base of the lift and had the operator contact ski patrol and give them a detailed description of the boarder. The patroller asked that I identify the kid, so I rode to the top and did so. It was great to see his ticket pulled and escorted off the mountain.
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
The older thermoplastic boots are thes that disintegrated.
Yes. The boot I had that disintegrated was mid-70s vintage, and at least 10 years old at the time.

I wouldn't worry about current Nordica boots.
post #36 of 47
there are a bunch of tecnica owners out there that might disagree with you..
in Chile this summer i was behind a chair with 3 teens on it(2snowboarders/1skier). within minutes of getting on the lift i noticed that the skier was holding a pistol behind his back(so i could see it but not people on the run?) i do a bit of shooting and it looked real enough to me so i just watched to see what was up. sure enough at a point where the chair is close to the ground a group of nancy greene age kids ski under the lift and sparky starts shooting at them(pfft,pfft,pfft etc) one kid looks back up and kind of yells. i yelled at them, he stopped. when we got to the top i caught up with them(drawback to skiing with boarders) and made him go to the patrol, luckily they spoke english 'cause my spanish ends at "selma hayek is muy caliente". they end up pulling an airsoft replica browning hipower out of his shirt. there is a lot of talk back and forth. and get this, they let him go 'cause the kid he shot was his "cousin"

unbelievable..
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by EaglesFan581
Yes, it happened to my Bro Eddy once when we were like eight, I had been skiing for ahwile, but he had only been skiing for about two years and still hadn't bought a pair of ski's. So he rented a pair, and the guy fit the boot's to the ski's incorrectly, on the first trip up, he "clacked" his skis together to get some snow off of them, and boom the left ski fell off, it was quite funny.
First run on my SX11's, straight out of the shop, the guy hadn't adjusted the bindings to fit the boots precisely.

So I'm halfway through a nice long carve, and the boot just skips a little in the binding. It didn't fall off, but it scared the living daylights out of me.

I wasn't at all happy with him. He got it right the second time.



I've never had a ski fall off - my brother tells a story of a boarder that dropped his board off a ski lift. Step-in board bindings, boarder kicks board against footrest . . . . . click.

No one-footed stuff for them . . . .

I've had to chase/intercept several runaway skis and snowboards over the years. I guess I hope someone will do the same for me if I ever drop a ski.
post #38 of 47
It happened New Year's day (opening day) at Summit West at the Summit at Snoqualmie. I was standing in line for the Pacific Crest chair, and someone in line mentioned that a few towers up he saw someone lose a ski off the chair, boot and all. I couldn't fathom how this could be true, considering how painfully tight my boots gnaw into my knobby old ankles.

But sure enough, just past the 2nd tower, there in the snow was a single ski, boot, and the skiier's lower leg securely buckled in place. The prosthesis appeared to attach somewhere slightly below the knee. As I hit the exit ramp, the poor guy was sitting there on the side, waiting for his friend to come back up with the wayward equipment and appendage.

I felt sorry for the skiier, since nobody on the hill probably would have known anything if not for the accident. I also hoped the loudmouth in line felt a twinge of regret for the rather unkind remarks he had made before knowing the full story.
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
Yes. The boot I had that disintegrated was mid-70s vintage, and at least 10 years old at the time.

I wouldn't worry about current Nordica boots.
I had a pair of Nordica 955's that completely fell apart. They were about 8 years at the time and had been stored in a hot garage for a year or two. I put them on to goof off on some old skis in the backyard, and after one turn the entire sole separated from one boot. I then proceeded to break both boots up into small pieces with my bare hands. Weird.
post #40 of 47
Losing a ski on the lift looked different before ski brakes. I remember seeing at least one a day dangling from a safety strap as the skier rode up the lift. They would slow the lift down and let them get off with their ski. One of the few avantages of safety straps.
post #41 of 47
Err... My snowboard came off yesterday. I must have knocked the clicker release lever on the footrest. Damn "safety" bar. Thanks for safety straps! My skis also have safety straps.
post #42 of 47
Back when we had 6" of powder here in MA : I once discovered a child's ski buried in the snow under a chairlift. Discovered it by skiing over it. That sucked in ways that words cannot describe. Those bases needed some TLC after that little incident.

As for myself, yep. Had a nice pair of Olin 210's with those 747 bindings on them. I fell victim to the 'i have a slushball under my boot' syndrome, where it appears yous bindings are fastened, when in reality they are just teasing you. Hop on the chair, ooo, fun, halfway up I move to adjust my butt and..hey...my right foot feels a lot lighter than the other one. Followed by 'clack...clank...clank' of my ski bouncing down the rocks. Fun times.
post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by jstraw
So you grew up and you're not a STUPID F*CKING D*CK anymore....RIGHT?

Thanks J. I was thinking the same thing....................


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post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by DaMtnRider
Regarding stopping under lift lines: Forget the nose clearing, saw a guy peeing off the chair once.
Was it at Ski Liberty? I only saw this once and the guy was my dispatcher! I had run into him early that day and he appeared drunk. It did not make me feel real proud about where I worked. He is no longer with the company.
post #45 of 47
Was at Labrador Mtn in upstate NY this past weekend. Had just gotten on the lift when my right ski caught an edge on a mound of snow that was just past the chair platform at the bottom. Binding let go and up I went with just one ski. Fortunately the ski patrol was on the chair in front of us - I yelled over to them and they let the attendant at the top know that I was minus a ski. Guy stopped the lift, I jumped off, hobble down, waited, and about three chairs back sure enough here's a boarder (big guy) with my other ski. Thanked him profusely and skied off...

Yeah, yeah, I should have had the ski tips up but this mound of snow was pretty big and caught me right as the chair took off.

If anyone from Lab is reading this, thanks. guys. Great staff and a friendly clientele. May the lake effect dump some big ones on you through April.
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by telerod15
Err... My snowboard came off yesterday. I must have knocked the clicker release lever on the footrest. Damn "safety" bar. Thanks for safety straps! My skis also have safety straps.
A few years back I was on my race/carving board, making deep trenches on the trail under the main lift at Whitetail (Limelight), when my front binding detached from the board.

All I felt was that everything came out from under me. As I hit the ground, trying to figure out why my feet weren't attached, I looked at my left foot and noticed the binding was still attched to it. I got pretty scared as I envisioned nasty femur spiral fractures. So I lifted both feet as high off the snow as possible and slid for about 100 yards. Luckily, it happened in the middle of a wide, empty trail, first thing in the morning.

I looked at it and thought I had stripped the screws out, but when I got to the bottom (I walked down) and took the binding plate off the canting plate, I realized it had just unscrewed itself. That night, I put the screws back in with Loc-tite.

That was one of the scarier falls I've had. And the safety strap wouldn't have done much good if the other binding had released.
post #47 of 47
Got to remember to check those binding screws every time you go out. Or Loc-tite, I should get some of that.

If the lever on my Voile tele binding gets flicked, the boot comes off the release plate and the brake doesn't open. My safety strap connects my boot to the release plate. In a fall that causes the binding to safety release the plate releases from the ski and remains attached to my boot, the ski is no longer connected to me by strap (release plate stays on boot) and brakes are activated. That's why I need a safety strap, just in case like with snowboard.

Safety strap connecting skier to board after binding releases is not fun. I once pre-released a old ski binding back in the day (pre-brakes) and it whipped back around to lodge between my rib cage and the snow. It knocked my wind out like never before or since but I didn't get injured. The ski was bent almost 90 degrees like the letter L.
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