Originally Posted by trekchick
Maybe you can answer a question for me? I've asked my nephew(who is also a snowboarder) but all he said was "I dunno.
I may tend to appear to be generalizing(not my intention) but I want to know if there is a purpose for this particular action.
At least 1/2 dozen time a year, while in the lift line a fine young boarder will be chatting with his "peeps" behind me, then all of a sudden he picks up his attached foot and WHAM, slams his board on the ground, and usually on the back of my skis. Is there a real reason to do this? I don't want to appear to be old and ornery, but I also don't want scratches on my new skis.(yes I'm one of those people who lays my skis gently in the back of my Jeep and put a rug over them so they don't touch other skis. My husband stands 3 feet back and chucks them in like cord wood)
This was the subject of a long thread last season, but I'll summarize for those that missed it.
The purpose of slamming the board while in the vicinity of a lift (note I said vicinity...the devil's in the details!) is to remove the snow from the topsheet of the board. Even if the board has a stomp pad between the bindings, but especially without one, the presence of snow on top of the board makes it very slippery, which can cause issues (the dreaded snowboarder-takes-out-the-entire-6-pack thing) when getting off the lift.
That being said, there's no reason to slam the board in the liftline. Not only do you risk stomping on other people's equipment, it's also loud as hell. I stopped doing it in the liftline when they started hiring attractive Australian lifties.
So why do some boarders do it? Same reason that age group likes to blast loud music...it garners attention.
I completely understand and respect those who want to keep their gear looking like new. I discovered years ago, however, that you slide on the base(s), not the topsheet(s). Between 65+ day seasons and teaching 5 year old's who are attracted to shiny new topsheets like flies to the proverbial $#%%, I stopped caring what my stuff looked like a long time ago.
Scratch my car in the parking lot, however, and we're going to have words...