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post #31 of 35
You guys have got it all wrong!! Haven't you figured it out? You don't really catch an edge. That's a myth. It's those dam SNOW SNAKES! Yup! Hiding in their tiny snow burrows, all over the mountain, just waiting for an unsuspecting skier to come by! Next thing you know they've lunged at your ski boot, taken a health bite and sent you sprawling! :

PS: I've been told that SNOW SNAKES find good, confident skiers especially tasty. Usually your skiing to fast for the poor critters so when they lunge they usually miss. But every once in a while they get lucky! You can usually tell when one of these people got bitten by the now famous cry of "WHAT THE HE@L" [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I haven't experienced it but I've been told that the Western species of SNOW SNAKE is especially deadly in DEEP POWDER. The western snake grabs skies and drags them into their burrows, not to be found until the following spring!

[ March 10, 2003, 11:32 AM: Message edited by: HarryO ]
post #32 of 35
Originally posted by Warren:
VK catching an edge.
Wasn't that a "snow snake" hidden beneath the snow?
post #33 of 35
Little Suzie is racing and leans in, the outside ski loses pressure and tracks away, poor little Suzie does the splits and buries her face into the snow. Darling little Suzie with tears in her eyes makes her way down to the finish line where daddy is waiting for her and consoles her with, "don't worry honey, it wasn't your fault, you just caught and edge." (does a particular chevy truck commercial ring a bell)
According to Ski (or Skiing-I can never keep them straight) magazine, "Little Suzie" is actually based on Little Caroline. Caroline Lalive that is, who is now on the US ski team and quite a good skier. She had a very bad year last year - failing to finish many races. She's the one who was lableled "a head case" by Christin Cooper during the Olympics when she sort of just fell- again in a race. "Catching an edge" did not seem to be the big issue here, but perhaps that commercial put the jinx on her?

There are two types of skiers, those that have caught an edge and those that are going to. - L7
That's a good one!

Rossigirl- sorry to hear about the injury. From your description I'm not sure we could call that "catching an edge", but it sounds like you may be the victim of modern slalom skis rapid response. Perhaps we could say your body was "caught on the wrong edge" while the skis went to the next turn.
post #34 of 35
Unfortunately, similar stories abound. Early in this season, I was renting equipment for a friend of my daughter. This girl was 9 y.o., 58 lbs, and had only skied a few times previously (ie, "Type I").

When she clicked in, I noticed it took all her weight, and the sound was more like an adult binding than a kid's binding. Before I let her ski, I made her take them off again, checked the binding, and they had indeed put her in an adult binding (on an appropriate length ski for a kid) and it was set around 6.5 instead of around 2.

When I returned them, they acted like it was no big deal, and all I got was a "sorry", so I found a supervisor and reminded him they would have to cough up a lot more than "sorry" if she had injured herself due to their error. I don't think he gave a hoot.

Tom / PM
post #35 of 35
Another binding/edge story.....that turns out OK.

I was skiing with a friend and his 9 yr. old son. Son is quite good, skies Atomic 9.16 140cm. We are speeding along when son, who is spending more time eyeing potential jumps than watching his own skiing, catches an edge (along the lines of what Fastman wrote) and goes down. Hard. I am amazed to see that he tumbles and skids his way down the run (a moderately black groomed run) without his skis coming off.

I do a casual check of his bindings and discover that are set at 8.5!! For a 70lb. kid! His skis had been tuned the day before, and either the shop guy was totally asleep or he had a malicious desire to rip someone's knee. Fortuntalely, the ski area had tools at the top of each lift, so we found a screwdriver quick and adjusted the DIN settings.

Just a quick reminder to never take your bindings for granted.
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