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This is a topic that really bothers me. Bindings are not meant to pop off, but some places force snowboarders to wear them, but then skiis, which are meant to come off when you fall are not forced to wear them, WTF.

All the local resorts around me used to enforce snowboard leashes like 10 years ago but have all stopped since snowboarding picked up the esteem it has today. With that said, I still own like 5+ leashes because if I showed up without one, I had to go into the proshop and buy one before I was allowed to go up the lift (and they seemed to check more for leashes than actual passes).
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I use to, when I started and when my local hill required them. They use to alway check when you were riding the T-bar. But now they don't have a t-bar, so no one really cares.

I find leashes kind of pointless now a days. It only noobs which decide to unbind both bindings and not make sure the board is digged in; that loose their boards.
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A few smaller hills around me require them. So, I keep it in my backpack just in case. I was only ever checked once.
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I used to but then realized how stupid they were. I keep one in a pocket in case I get hassled. I was just out in Aspen for a week and never had anyone say anything.
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This is a topic that really bothers me. Bindings are not meant to pop off, but some places force snowboarders to wear them, but then skiis, which are meant to come off when you fall are not forced to wear them, WTF.

All the local resorts around me used to enforce snowboard leashes like 10 years ago but have all stopped since snowboarding picked up the esteem it has today. With that said, I still own like 5+ leashes because if I showed up without one, I had to go into the proshop and buy one before I was allowed to go up the lift (and they seemed to check more for leashes than actual passes).
Not that I agree or disagree with leashes, but skis have two spiky things that spring down when the boot is released to prevent them from sliding down on the base. This is why when skiers crash they usually have to awkwardly walk up hill to grab their skis.
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I attach mine to my binding only, just for show.

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Not that I agree or disagree with leashes, but skis have two spiky things that spring down when the boot is released to prevent them from sliding down on the base. This is why when skiers crash they usually have to awkwardly walk up hill to grab their skis.
Ya, I used to ski so I know about them. But honestly, I see skis popping off every single time I'm out and I've maybe seen 1 or 2 runaway snowboards in the 19 or so years I've been on the slopes.
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most of the hills (i don't dare call them mountains) in Ontario require a leash. however, nobody ever checks, and I don't use one.

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I only wear a leash when i get caught without one. I remember some resorts in Quebec do require a leash and they did check often. Crystal Mountain in Washington would systematically check me every time I rode there. I would forget my leash and would have to go to the pro shop and by one, of course they only had one model and it cost WAY too much for a tiny piece of string with a hook. Thankfully now I am in France and resorts here don't check at all. They barely have anyone checking your lift ticket (since most resort work with an rfid chip).
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Ya, I used to ski so I know about them. But honestly, I see skis popping off every single time I'm out and I've maybe seen 1 or 2 runaway snowboards in the 19 or so years I've been on the slopes.
But again, the brakes on the skis prevent them from sliding downhill so there is not danger to others. Those 1 or 2 runaway snowboards pose a danger when they are flying downhill.

Now the question is though, why were those boards flying downhill? Likely from people who completely unstrapped for whatever reason which means they would have detached the leash as well so the leash argument is nullified here which is why this law is stupid.

I've seen hundreds of skis pop off since I've been snowboarding, but have not seen a single one flying downhill. Even the people using old ass skis use modern bindings with brakes.


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