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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Stomp pads, and their close relatives, studs, are good for two things: 1) Giving you traction on your rear foot when getting off the lift, and 2) giving you something to scrape your rear foot on to get rid of caked snow.
When you're just starting out, #1 is a good reason to have one. Once you get better, you don't need it. #2, well that depends on your local mountain.
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