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Help finding lost ski at Snowbird

post #1 of 27
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My friend was skiing a brand new pair of Line Pandora's yesterday at The Bird and lost one right near the lower Tiger Tail gate, just inside. Does anybody have any advice? This hasn't happened to anyone in my crew before. Its not supposed to snow much in the next week so hopefully somebody stubs their toe on it or comes across it. Is there anybody that can help find skis with a metal detector for a small fee? I know something like that existed at one point in Whistler. Any advice would be great!
post #2 of 27
Good luck finding the ski. In the future you should invest in a pair of powder cords and use them when there is new snow.

That's the advice I've gotten from others here and I will be picking up a set this week when I head out to Utah.

Mike
post #3 of 27
Go get it in August.
post #4 of 27
I have an idea pertaining to this- I have steel punch sets for stamping serial numbers on stainless vessels. I was thinking of heating them up and sort of branding my name and number on my skis in case of such an event. Can anyone think of a good reason NOT to do this? Could it cause a delam?
post #5 of 27
Metal detector, seriously.


And for the serial number thing, just carve your name into the base with something sharp and fill it with a contrasting color ptex.
post #6 of 27
Get your crew together and just go ski the line as many times as it takes.

I lost one on Aspen Mountain one year. I came back with a metal detector and dug up 100 lbs of old mining equipment.
post #7 of 27
And check way down from where you think it might be. Those things can travel far, far away.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
... came back with a metal detector and dug up 100 lbs of old mining equipment.
That's the case here to-another former mining district. Mining remains (and even the rocks themselves) have a tendency to render metal detectors useless for finding skis. Did you put a Recco sticker on your boards?
post #9 of 27
I would say the more time passes, the harder of a time you will have finding it (until summer that is). How much time was put in right after the initial loss?

2nd on skiing the piss out of the line
post #10 of 27
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Did you put a Recco sticker on your boards?
No, I just got 20 Din binders and a slight limp.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Did you put a Recco sticker on your boards?
This is a very bad idea! If you get caught in an actual slide, your buddies and the Search and Rescue people are putting in the effort to find you, not your skis, which may be some distance from where you end up.

Use powder cords, even though it makes you look like a geek in the lift line. You can even make your own by attaching a large button to the end of 8 or 10 feet of brightly colored cord.

Why do some powder skis come with graphics that are mostly white???
post #12 of 27
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Did you put a Recco sticker on your boards?

DO NOT, EVER, PUT A RECCO ON A SKI!

If there is a big avalanche, like one I was in with nine skiers and 18 skis scattered about, the patrol would end up spending time digging up skis instead of people.

If a skier ever came to the patrol hut asking us to take the Recco out to look for a ski, we would chop the remaining ski into shreds and spread it in the parking lot for traction.
post #13 of 27
So how did he get down the mountain with one ski?
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by DoWork View Post
I have an idea pertaining to this- I have steel punch sets for stamping serial numbers on stainless vessels. I was thinking of heating them up and sort of branding my name and number on my skis in case of such an event. Can anyone think of a good reason NOT to do this? Could it cause a delam?
I use a sharpie pen to mark my kids skis. Need to redo it periodically.
post #15 of 27
I have seen someone use a metal detector to find a ski lost in the pow. (I didn't stick around to see if it worked though.) I think some ski areas may even keep one around for that purpose.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
DO NOT, EVER, PUT A RECCO ON A SKI!

If there is a big avalanche, like one I was in with nine skiers and 18 skis scattered about, the patrol would end up spending time digging up skis instead of people.

If a skier ever came to the patrol hut asking us to take the Recco out to look for a ski, we would chop the remaining ski into shreds and spread it in the parking lot for traction.
Don't put one on your dog either! Same reason.
post #17 of 27
I'll go look for it in July, or maybe August.
post #18 of 27
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So how did he get down the mountain with one ski?
I'm guessing that he skied down on one ski. That's what I'd do if I lost a ski.
post #19 of 27
i lost one at alta. filled out a form at the office. got a call in the summer as a hiker had found it.

in retrospect, my brake did not release all the way, so my ski was much much farther down the hill than i thought, as the drag on it was very little.

i did the metal detector thing but never found it. if you do that, take a bunch of poles or stick to mark out what you want to search, and what you have searched. its very easy to get disoriented, especially if more snow is falling.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by docbrad66 View Post
i did the metal detector thing but never found it. if you do that, take a bunch of poles or stick to mark out what you want to search, and what you have searched. its very easy to get disoriented, especially if more snow is falling.
Couldnt this be a hazard to other skiers? They may run into them
post #21 of 27
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Go get it in August.
This is your best bet. My kid lost a ski last year, and got it back in early July, all it needed was a good tune.
post #22 of 27
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Couldnt this be a hazard to other skiers? They may run into them
It is called avoiding other people and objects.
post #23 of 27
A good and loud Remote key finder,shrink wrapped with a small pack of silica gel. Works at about 15 feet, maybe 5 -10 feet when it's really cold. Automotive Grade 3M double sided tape. Lost a ski like 4 times already this year...hasn't failed me yet. Never was a fan of the powder cords.
post #24 of 27
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So how did he get down the mountain with one ski?
Actually, she is the most badass skier I know and would have an easier time to getting down on 1 ski than many people on this forum would on 2.
post #25 of 27
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Actually, she is the most badass skier I know and would have an easier time to getting down on 1 ski than many people on this forum would on 2.
No sexist implications intended. Kudos to your badass female friend. I wish her luck finding her ski.
post #26 of 27
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No sexist implications intended. Kudos to your badass female friend. I wish her luck finding her ski.
Of course not, there is no way you would have known she was a girl I was just giving her some props and not objecting to anything you wrote. Thanks everyone for the replies and good wishes!
post #27 of 27
I wouldn't punch out your name on the skis. Ski shops around here used to engrave the owner's name in the plastic layer above the top plate. I wouldn't be surprised if some shops still have this capability. It looks good, doesn't seem to damage the ski.
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