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Old 01-19-2010, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to snowboarding, but I still can't figure out why I need a leash for my board.... Do I really pose a serious threat to everyone on the hill if my board breaks free???

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are a relic of the old-old days of boarding when your bindings were only bindings in the academic sense of the word, from a rope and a rough spot on your board all the way up to clickers.

I don't know why any resorts still require them, but I know it's still a commmonwealth law in Mass.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A lot of resorts technically require them, but I've never seen it enforced or even checked. I've never used one myself.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do I really pose a serious threat to everyone on the hill if my board breaks free???
Yes. Imagine 10 pounds of non-guided, metal edged, missile heading down slope at 30+ mph. Wouldn't be pretty if it hit someone.

I think the larger question is, does the leash do anything to prevent this from happening? I'd say no.

From what I've witnessed most runaway boards happen from someone simply dropping the board while they are walking or from trying to sit on it like a sled, crash, and have the board squirt out from under their stupid ass.

It happens more often than you might think. I've seen 2 drops and 1 sledder in the last 2 weeks. Would a leash help in either situation? No.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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At Squaw valley last december I actually saw a board fly down the run, and it was fast! But I dont know if it actually injured someone or what. I don't own one but I actually ordered one a few days ago incase i'm told to put it on at a resort
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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sharp metal edge on delicate smooth skin = not a very pretty sight!
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I always used one "just incase" even though I dont think it would really have done anything. Most of the time I dont even realize its there.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Rule in Mammoth is you lose your board you lose your pass. I've used a leash for a long time, finally ditched it. If your newer, sometimes when strapping in, you can forget to wedge your board down and it may start to slide. The last thing you want to do is take some unsuspecting person out. I saw this happen. Snowboarder's bindings broke, but his stupid ass was still trying to ride down without being strapped in, instead of hiking down or back up to the lift. He eats it and his board zooms down the hill, narrowly missed me..I yelled ahead of me, but this poor skier was taken out hard. It was the worst cause he wasn't even expecting it.

I was also taken out by a runaway board last season on the bunny slope. I see the cougar snow bunny coming down to retrieve her board and she doesn't even ask if i'm okay. I told her she needed to get a fucking leash. She had the fucking nerve to not apologize, and instead tell me "honey, i've been snowboarding longer than you've been alive." I'm 29 (but i've kept well), and usually very calm, but those are fucking fighting words to me, especially after i got hurt for her bullshit and she didn't even ask if i was alright. I told the bitch "then what the fuck are you still doing on the bunny slope with a runaway board? You look like you've got alot of miles on you, but if you want more I can run some more tracks all over your face." At this point ski patrol shows up, apparently, after her board took me out, it proceeded on down to take a couple other unsuspecting noobs out. I mean damn, noobs have it hard enough as it is staying on their feet, they don't need any help!!!

Wear the leash until you really feel confident enough to be mindful of wedging your board in, eventually it becomes second nature, but precautions are always good, it's just one little extra step you won't notice after a while, and it will help keep you and others safe.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just find it interesting that my leash came with a new set of bindings (TechNine - MFM Pro's)..... I understand that you could easily drop your board and away it goes down the hill (leash won't help here), but really, what are the chances that all 4 straps will fail at the same time....
I always bring the leash with me, just in case the hill gets picky on having one....
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also, there are times where you can get stuck and have to completely unstrap and walk, these are the times when the leash will be advantageous. If you sit down to unstrap both feet and the board starts to get away from you, it's aaaalll bad.
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