Fresh powder is always perfect for skiing and you would prefer the powder as deep as possible. But when it is too deep, there will be some problems. That’s when you fall with your skis releasing from your ski boots and they are nowhere to be found under your favorite deep snow powder. This situation happens many times as my experience so I made a technique to find the lost skis and I’m very glad to share it with you.
Return back to the scenario when you lost your skis after a fall. Most people don’t start digging right away but finding a place to rest after getting hit and thinking about how to find their skis under the powder.
Below are things you should do in that case:
- Place both your poles at the place you landed to mark the position where your skis may be buried. This will help you keep your sight and know where to come back after your rest in case the wind blows too many snows that can erase your trace. In my experience, your skis are often buried somewhere above where you fell because your body is heavier which will result in more momentum.
- If you are skiing with a friend, ask for his/her help to slide up back to the place where you landed. Now you begin to dig from three to four-foot width and 1.5 deep to see whether you can find anything or not. If you find 1 ski, check to know it is your left or right ski and remember when you fall one or both skis released from your ski boots at the same time.
- If both skis were released from your skis boots at a time, you would probably find the other ski somewhere near the one you just found. If your skis were released one by one, maybe the second ski is still up. There are chances that you can’t find your skis on your way up from where you fell. Return to your marked place with two poles and try another digging three-to-four foot width again to the left and right of your searched position. Then you will find your skis back.
For most cases, people often leave their lost skis and go back to the resort or down the mountain because they think it’s impossible to find their skis in wide and deep power. That results in a big loss of money as skiing gears and top skis usually cost over one thousand dollars. Many times I’ve used these tips to help my friends save a lot of money to replace their lost skis.
Remember the time when I was skiing with my colleges on a windy day at Sun Valley. We are so energetic and did about 3 or 4 turns up and down the mountain. Unfortunately, one of my colleges fell and lost both of his skis. We didn’t notice and continue enjoying our skiing course. He dug around about 15 minutes to find his skis but later he came and told everyone that he already abandoned the gears after doing his best.
But I said “Wait for my turn” and started to ask him the place where he landed and whether his skis were released at the same time or not. I calculated his weight and glided back to where he fell. Then I used one of my skis to dig 4 feet width above the position he landed. After 3 minutes, I grabbed the first ski in my hand. I told him to check this was his left or right ski.
With his information, I guessed there was a high chance that his other ski was on the right of the first one. I dug the snow again and soon touched something solid. It was his second ski. I returned both of them to him and we had a warm beer party at the resort after that.
On heavy snow or powders day, I often see people fall and lose their skis but not many of them have the technique to find them back. That’s why I write this article to help you find your lost skis and in some situations, you can give others a hand too. With this knowledge, I hope you will not only save hundreds of dollars but also have a chance to help people.