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Old 08-26-2014, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading the rules of Cerro Catedral in Argentina and it says that they require snowboard leashes! What the hell? What's the point in requiring leashes or they say snowboard safety belt.

Do any resorts require this? What's the point of them anyways?
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The idea is that sometimes we only have one foot attached (on the lifts, getting off the lifts, etc) and if god forbid one malfunction happened to that one binding that your foot is in, the snowboard could go down the mountain and hurt someone. Whereas skiis lock up if they get thrown off.

Jiminy peak in Massachusetts, U.S. had that rule. I thought it was just cause they favor skiiers.
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No clue on Argentina, but a lot of American resorts "require" leashes, but the rule is never enforced.

As for the runaway snowboard, in all my years of riding, I've seen exactly one. Meanwhile, hardly a week goes by that some two planker wanker isn't poking and prodding around trying to find his lost ski.
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it made sense back in the days of the 'click-in' snowboards. now it's just stupid. you see tons of skiers lose their skis, zero snowboarders lose their snowboards.

here in Quebec it was mandatory on pretty much all the hills a few years ago. now-a-days they don't really check anymore. every now and then there's some guy having a bad day at the lifts that will make a big deal out of it. I just carry a spare lace in my pocket just in case.
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Yeah the leashes made sense with the click in boots and bindings. I've actually witnessed someone using those without a leash and the board fell while he was on the chair. However, with the bindings and boot set up now, it doesn't make sense.

I hope they don't enforce that rule when I get there, I will be so pissed.
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No clue on Argentina, but a lot of American resorts "require" leashes, but the rule is never enforced.

As for the runaway snowboard, in all my years of riding, I've seen exactly one. Meanwhile, hardly a week goes by that some two planker wanker isn't poking and prodding around trying to find his lost ski.
In the early ages of riding, I took a bus from OC to snow summit with a rental I got. On the slopes I hit a jump over on the old west ridge park and snap! Both bindings broke away from the base plates. Board shot straight downhill and dissapeared into the forest below. Spent most of the rest of the day looking for it. Although my day wasn't as bad as the kid with the broken arm sitting on the bus all afternoon waiting to leave.

Point being.......no point. Leashes are for kooks.
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I picked up a strap leash a few years back. I attach it to one binding and when i am walking to the hill from the parking lot i click the other end to the other binding and throw the strap over my shoulder. The group i ride with doesn't really spend time in lodges, we park, suit up, get tickets and hit the lift. It's nice to be able to carry the board hands free so i can make adjustments to gear and stuff on the walk, get out card/cash for ticket, check phone, maybe smoke a butt(shhh). Not worried about my bindings falling of the board though.
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I always assumed it was because you see so many people are completely out of them just chilling while on the mountain for whatever reason and they didn't want to see getting away by mistake. Skiers do the same thing, but they all have brakes.
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