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post #91 of 118

Unless you hook the pow tales to the strap between pow tale and the binding  they are not in use or in the way ....    I love them - 

post #92 of 118

Thanks Roger. I appreciate the kudos and acknowledgement. I really just wanted to point out a misconception  that so many skiers have about powder cords which is that they are a PITA. Pow Tales do attach and detach very easily and when you aren't skiing powder you won't even notice that they are there.  Because they live on your boots they are ready to be engaged anytime you find yourself at the top of a hidden powder stash just as your ResQski device may be. The potential downside to the ResQski device is batteries going dead and perhaps forgetting to put the receiver in your jacket pocket on a given day... You can't forget your Pow Tales.

Cheers,

Bob

post #93 of 118


You haven't? I searched all day and ended up giving up. Lost it. Such a bummer...

post #94 of 118
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Originally Posted by skimyres View Post
 


You haven't? I searched all day and ended up giving up. Lost it. Such a bummer...

My story is back on page 2 - searched 2 hours but finally found them.

 

Don't skip the packed down snow when you search -- I thought, they can't be there, its packed.

Turns out I packed that snow down when I fell, and they were underneath.

 

I have since put together a velcro-strap holder for powder cords along the lines described above, but simpler.

post #95 of 118

Just get some of this and be done with it....

post #96 of 118


I just saw these things online and they look legit. Another alternative I guess...

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neverlose-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-anti-theft/x/12760174#/

post #97 of 118
Interesting post.
I haven't lost a ski in at least 10 years, since I've been skiing on fat skis, if you can call katanas fat skis.
Are you guys losing narrower skis?
post #98 of 118
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Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post

Interesting post.
I haven't lost a ski in at least 10 years, since I've been skiing on fat skis, if you can call katanas fat skis.
Are you guys losing narrower skis?

 

I spent over half an hour digging for an Icelantic Gypsy (125mm underfoot) at Silverton. It can happen.

post #99 of 118
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Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post

Interesting post.
I haven't lost a ski in at least 10 years, since I've been skiing on fat skis, if you can call katanas fat skis.
Are you guys losing narrower skis?

 

I spent over half an hour digging for an Icelantic Gypsy (125mm underfoot) at Silverton. It can happen.


I was glad I had powder cords at Alta in 25" of powder.  Rented demo fat skis that released a bit too easily.  A traveler to big mountains who only started going off-piste regularly 5-6 years ago so haven't been lucky enough to ski >15" of fresh snow that often to know what DIN makes the most sense.  Bought the powder cords after losing a ski on the easy section of Ballroom.  Luckily friends could see where it went.

post #100 of 118
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Originally Posted by skimyres View Post
 


I just saw these things online and they look legit. Another alternative I guess...

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neverlose-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-anti-theft/x/12760174#/


I like that it can be used during the off season for a bike.

post #101 of 118
Well yeah, I assume that the sun is set redundant, ie not 6 or so.
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post #103 of 118

I wonder if patrol could make money selling RFID chips to put on your skis and then charging again to find the skis. It would have to be a system that doesn't interfere with RECCO. Meanwhile I'll stick with powder cords.

post #104 of 118

I use these--- and have had great luck with them  --- http://www.epicski.com/products/pow-tales-powder-cords-on-steroids

post #105 of 118
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I use these--- and have had great luck with them  --- http://www.epicski.com/products/pow-tales-powder-cords-on-steroids

I use them too, starting last December. Once they are on the boots you never notice them. They stick to the boots and there is no impact on skiing when not attached to the binding.

post #106 of 118
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post
 

I use them too, starting last December. Once they are on the boots you never notice them. They stick to the boots and there is no impact on skiing when not attached to the binding.

 

I have Powdercords attached to my boots and they are so innocuous that I have forgotten to use them on more than one occasion. :dunno

 

It's not my fault though because in my experience powder snow clouds the mind,:devil: causes lapses in judgement and often sends me to ski places I otherwise wouldn't go.

post #107 of 118
I lost 2. I gave up after 2 hours and started walking. About 100' down I found about 2" of the tip sticking up! The other we looked for with 6 of us until a troller pulled me off. A hiker found it in the spring...right after the ins co bought me a new pair! Score!
post #108 of 118

Last year at Solitude I fell in some deep and somewhat heavy snow.  It took me about 15 minutes of wading around and flailing with my other ski's tail until I found it farther uphill than I thought I had fallen... It was kind of steep there.  

 

A day or so later we were heading up the Little Could Lift at Snowbird when they opened The Road to Provo and the bowl below it.  I stopped midway to help a fallen skier look for his lost ski.  He was the only other skier who had chosen a line anywhere near where I was.  I spent only about 5 minutes helping him look, as I was with someone who had traversed farther around before dropping in.  Just as I was about to leave him, saying good luck dude, I saw a lone ski sticking up in the bottom of the bowl about a hundred untracked yards , at least, downslope.  Whoa, is that your ski down there!  Yep.

post #109 of 118

Hi All,

I'm still selling Pow Tales at 10% off for Epic Ski members. Price increases in materials and PayPal have forced me to raise the normal price to $24.95, but my 100% satisfaction guarantee is your guarantee that you won't be wasting your money. Check em out at http://powtales.com.

Cheers,

Bob

PS. Forgot to add, you will need to PM me or write me at sales[at]powtales[dot]com to receive your 10% off, and please include your member user name on Epic along with what you want. Thanks!

 

mod note:: email edited to foil spammers

post #110 of 118
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Originally Posted by thebobski View Post
 

Hi All,

I'm still selling Pow Tales at 10% off for Epic Ski members. Price increases in materials and PayPal have forced me to raise the normal price to $24.95, but my 100% satisfaction guarantee is your guarantee that you won't be wasting your money. Check em out at http://powtales.com.

Cheers,

Bob

PS. Forgot to add, you will need to PM me or write me at sales[at]powtales[dot]com to receive your 10% off, and please include your member user name on Epic along with what you want. Thanks!

 

The powder cords that I have attached to my boots are the Pow Tales from thebobski and they work great.

post #111 of 118

I lost my ski last week on an amazing powder day. Just today, I rented a metal detector and brought it back to where I had lost the ski. After about 20 minutes, found the ski and was on my way. Worked great, as long as you know the general area. Definitely better than waiting til summer.

post #112 of 118
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Originally Posted by giantskier View Post
 

I lost my ski last week on an amazing powder day. Just today, I rented a metal detector and brought it back to where I had lost the ski. After about 20 minutes, found the ski and was on my way. Worked great, as long as you know the general area. Definitely better than waiting til summer.

 

Hi @giantskier! Welcome to EpicSki!

 

I take it this was in a back country area? Or did a resort let you bring a metal detector up on the slope?

post #113 of 118
Regular resort, talked to ski patrol and they said it was fine.
post #114 of 118

Years ago I worked as a patrolman at an area with a radio tower at the top of the mountain.  Guy lost his wedding ring close to the tower and rented a metal detector.  When he turned it on instead of the usual beep sound in the earphones he got the radio station.

post #115 of 118
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Originally Posted by giantskier View Post
 

I lost my ski last week on an amazing powder day. Just today, I rented a metal detector and brought it back to where I had lost the ski. After about 20 minutes, found the ski and was on my way. Worked great, as long as you know the general area. Definitely better than waiting til summer.

 

I did that on Aspen Mountain once and found a bunch of old mining equipment. 

post #116 of 118

Saturday 2 weeks ago during my deepest fresh snow day in many years (66 inches of mostly light snow in 48 hours), after nicely bouncing S turns down a steep slope right under a lift, cratered in a hole while crossing a small stream ravine, popping off one ski.   Took about 20 minutes to extract, myself, get back into the ski, and ski off.   With the ski that was still on my right boot anchoring my position awkwardly like concrete, it was difficult enough just getting upright as there is little to push off from in deep soft powder.  Of course that is a key reason those that fall in tree wells become stuck.  Ski that popped off was totally under the snow somewhere but the end of my below powder cord that is a small flat piece of red foam (see image on link) was a few feet away atop the snow with the cord and ski unseen below.

 

Good product for purchase earlier on this thread:

 

http://powtales.com/index.html

 

Or you can make your own easily, for instance my post #28 here:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/106896/powder-cords

 

David

post #117 of 118

Ouch. Thinking of this just gives me anxiety. I took a tumble last year and lost my skis under only about 15" of powder. The one ski was face up in the snow and the other submarined 30 feet ahead of me with no trail other than the entrance hole.. Luckily I found it after about 5 min. Crazy how far they can travel.

post #118 of 118

Dave and all,

I was crossing a what turned out to be a creek last week and the snow under my feet gave way and pitched me into a hole. The only clue that there was a creek there was the topography and some little branches sticking up through the snow, but it looked solid. My right ski came off and my left was sort of stuck between the "banks" on each side. This was actually pretty precarious because I could see that there was at least 4 feet or more of clear space under my feet and I was pretty concerned that if I didn't do everything right I was going to do an "Alice down the magic rabbit hole" and have a hell of a time extricating myself. I made a bridge of my body between the two banks after clicking out of my left ski, then placed that ski such that it was something I could use to stabilize my position. I hadn't had my Pow Tales engaged because it was late in the day and the snow was mostly skier packed, so no need right? lol. Fortunately my right ski was right there, and totally accessible after a little digging. I bridged the banks with that ski too then used both of them to get myself up and out of the hole I was in. All in all it was not an experience I want to repeat, but it did teach me a couple things. From now on if I'm skiing trees on a powder day (or the day after for that matter) I'll be a good deal more circumspect about skiing down and across any depression (valley) especially one with tiny branches sticking up. I'll also keep my Pow Tales engaged. It would have been a long and nasty job of post holing out of the trees had I lost that ski. 

I'm sure this cautionary tale is something many of you didn't need to hear cuz you already know enough not to make the mistakes I did, but I thought it might save someone else as ignorant as I was.

Happy and safe skiing to all,

Bob

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