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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Does anybody in the USA tandem ski? I've never tried it, but a friend was telling me how difficult it is.

Looks pretty gape to me... but what do I know?

Anyone out there done this?

Wonder what it would be like in the bumps??:
post #2 of 13
Sure do. It is hard to find someone to do it with though. My 60+ year old friends would rather not do it anymore. I did find a fifth grader to ski them last year. We had a blast. I'll try to get more pictures and/or video online.
post #3 of 13
I've never done it, but I saw a few guys at Jay doing it about 6 years ago and almost fell over laughing.

Chop gape in half and I think you can see what it really looks like.

I do however have to admit it must take some skill to do properly.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
MWskier that's an awesome pic!

Well I asked about it, so if you can't find anybody let me know I might just saddle up!
Seriously how difficult is it? Looks like it would be an edge catching yard sale nightmare.
post #5 of 13
How do you work lifts? One ski each?

Is one of your bindings a demo setup?

How far apart do you mount boot centers?

Experienced captain or experienced stoker - which?
post #6 of 13
It's a lot easier than it looks. To turn we just pick up the inside ski and and it turns.

For the lifts we use only one ski each - had to remove the ski brake so that we could ride off the lift. Decades ago A- Basin required us to have two skis each on the lift and we had to leave the hill.

All bindings on these skis are demo bindings so that anyone can try them - but few want to.

Mounting really depends on how thick the ski is. The skis are 210 cm (maybe 205) Dynastars that I picked up at a ski shop for $20. (The sides are straight as a pencil.) As a teenager we mounted two sets of bindings on a pair of 185 cm Hart Camaros and quickly ripped the front toepiece right out of the ski. So I had to drill a hole right through the ski and countersink a flathead bolt through the bottom of the ski with a nut holding the toepiece. So far I've had no problems with these longer skis.

Usually I ski in the front, but it seems to make sense to put the tallest skier in the back, so that's where I skied with the fifth grader.

One problem with skiing with kids is that they like jumps. He finally talked me into taking the 10' (?) table. First time we were a little short - he made the landing and I landed on the deck - and he popped out of one of his bindings. We survived and made it the second time.

I also set the fifth grader up on the skis with one of his friends. You should have heard them laugh. It is a very strange feeling to try to lift your ski and, if the other person isn't in snyc, it just stays on the ground.
post #7 of 13
Personally, I would rather get down the hill on a lunch tray than be caught on a set up like that....
post #8 of 13
Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Personally, I would rather get down the hill on a lunch tray than be caught on a set up like that....
How would you mount the bindings?
post #9 of 13
Seems totally pointless to have two sets of brakes, but what do I know.

I'll ship a pair of snowblades on a pack for the lift if I need to.

I was wondering about pole plants, hand and knee clearance.
post #10 of 13
Pole plants become very important to coordinate timing - plant, turn, plant, turn. The poles can get tangled up but it is not a big problem. Knee clearance seems to be no problem.
post #11 of 13

Videos on YouTube

I've uploaded two videos to YouTube. One with me and my fifth-grade skiing buddy and another of him and a friend.
post #12 of 13
Never done it myself, but a couple of my friends used to run a GS tandem in the spring every year (on old 215 super Gs) It was fun to watch and damn if they didn't do pretty well!
post #13 of 13
What if your boyfriend likes to go in front but you're more of a catcher? Could end some fabulous relationships.
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