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post #31 of 41
With Flow's you can get strapped in without even stopping.

Embareassment is in the eye of the moonee.

I need to make sure that when I coach other people that I don't tell them what their needs are because I know I don't like it when people tell me what I need to do.
post #32 of 41
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Sure skiers stop in dumb places too, but they do it standing up, hence it's not as much of a problem since their visibility is better.
Not only that, a standing skier is visible from further away up the slope so it's much easier to get around.

I confess I ski quite close to boarders who sit in the middle of the run, to make them worry.

When I took boarding lessons, I didn't feel comfortable sitting down with my back to the skiing traffic...what if someone lost control and plow into me??? So I sat (yes, it's tiring standing on the board) on the side of the trail with my back turn half way towards the woods so I can see up the slope just in case...
post #33 of 41
Northstar has benches for borders to sit down to strap in. That is very nice. Sometimes skiers sit down on these benches chatting. I ran over some ski poles once because the poles were planted on the snow and blocking my exit.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by hellside View Post
Northstar has benches for borders to sit down to strap in. That is very nice. Sometimes skiers sit down on these benches chatting. I ran over some ski poles once because the poles were planted on the snow and blocking my exit.
Sit on the other side of the bench and ski over their tails on exit?
post #35 of 41
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Sure skiers stop in dumb places too, but they do it standing up, hence it's not as much of a problem since their visibility is better.
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Not only that, a standing skier is visible from further away up the slope so it's much easier to get around.

FALSE.


I can assure you that you can be stopped, standing up on the landing zone of a jump, and no one will be able to see you from uphill. This is a sure way to get a skier or a snowboarder to land on your head in the terrain park. I see skiers standing in unsafe places in terrain parks all the time. AASI has a training film shot at Keystone's Area 51 with skier after skier stopped in unsafe areas in the terrain park. Learn terrain park etiquette and use a spotter.
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
I confess I ski quite close to boarders who sit in the middle of the run, to make them worry.
I ride close to any idiot stopped in an unsafe area...maybe even spray them a little. then i drop some comment like, 'dumb area to stop dude.'

It's not a boarder or skiier thing, it's an idiot thing. and since skiing has been around longer then boarding that means you guys have been idiots longer. (I kid! I kid!)
post #37 of 41
It occurs to me that skiers have a tool that boarders don't, POLES! I rest along the SIDE of the run leaning on my poles (you know with them in my pits). It's almost as good as sitting down. I do make an effort to get to the side when I stop, but only because I was taught to long ago. Maybe some folks just don't realize they are an obstacle when they stop in the middle of a trail. Not everyone's had the luxury of lessons or learning from experienced skiers/boarders/coaches. I guess part of it falls on the patrollers to warn the greenhorns and pull their tickets if they blatently disregard patrol advice/directions.
post #38 of 41
Well flows are junk, they have problems when trying to increase forward lean.
But anyway only beginners and suckers strap in sitting down
post #39 of 41
99.9% of the boarders I've seen, sit down to strap their boards. There is only one person I have not seen do it and that's the owner of All Board Sports in Boulder CO. And let me tell you, it is a thing of beauty watching Bola, go down that hill on his board.

When I see a snowboarder/skier in a blind spot, I tell him/her. Some ignore me, others have said, thanks and moved.
post #40 of 41
My home mountain is at least 50% boarders. I can get the sitting down to strap in (away from unloading zone), or sitting on the bench (slowly appearing), sitting on the hill (I've overheard pep talks, discussions). Most everyone rides the lifts together just fine. When a boarder is down & staring at you coming at him, move over & give him 6 or so feet so he can "flip" over & get moving again.

What I don't get - laying spread eagle in the middle of the run for 5 or 10 minutes. People stop & ask "you okay?" "yep, just fine". Keep laying there staring at the sky & clouds. Middle of the run. Always makes me picture hoof beats coming through trampling whatever is laying on the ground. Makes me wanna shout "Get up already !" Obviously they've never been in a warm up arena at horseshow with nervous nellies & beginner riders taking out anything in the way. Or been in a stalled car on the freeway in California. How can anyone feel safe on high traffic runs laying spread eagle on the snow ? I just don't get that part. Sitting would be safer, fewer exposed body parts.
post #41 of 41
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Originally Posted by skilife View Post
99.9% of the boarders I've seen, sit down to strap their boards.
Is this a troll comment? I use Flow bindings. Because they depend on first reclining a highback, it's virtually impossible get into them while sitting on the ground.

My preferred method of securing my Flows is to stand up and:

1. Reach down and pull the highback down.
2. Stick foot in the binding.
3. Pull the lever back down.
4. Go!

Usually I'm standing in one place as I do this, but I can do all this while sliding away with only the front front foot in.

As for riders with straps, I see plenty of them who can and do remain standing while getting in.
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