So yesterday at Arapahoe Basin (Saturday, 12/12/15) at around 3:30pm, I was skiing this pillow line-esque/somewhat cliffy (I hesitate to call it that since all the drops were like 5 feet or under) region off skiers right near Pallavinci. I don't know the exact run or how it exists or starts. I have where I think it is highlighted below. If you know the region where I'm talking about, let me know so I can have a better idea of where it is.
(I think you should be able to enlarge this)
Coming off something that was 4-5 foot range on this line a submerged under all the new snow (5-10 new inches) on the lip of this drop caused me to land a little funky and my left ski got caught and I tumbled. I got up and made about a 20m x 20m search grid and tried to probe with my pole and dig and look for impact spots around the region. I spent 30-60 minutes doing this. My ski is gone. I skied down the rest of this godawful run on one ski (thank god for race training) and gave my other pair to guest services in case anyone were to find it they could match it.
Point of this thread: I have lost one of my brand new ON3P Jeffrey 122s. They are 186cm, with white Salomon STH2 bindings. This is what the ski pair looks like:
This is what the ski that I lost looks like:
The bases are a very very bright neon green, so it should have been much easier to find:
I am going to offer a reward in cash to whoever is able to find this lost ski. I am pretty sad that this happened and would love to be reunited with it.
Damn that sucks I'm sorry to hear. The area you're looking for is "Standard" it sounds like you hit the rocks to the right of a little feature called field goal. I'll keep a look out for your shit man. Good luck.
1. If you go be real nice to ski patrol, sometimes they'll pull out a metal detector for you.
2. Did you swipe with your other ski? This is how you should search for a lost ski. Start *very* low on the hill compared to where you fell, and start swiping as deep as you can using the edge on your other ski. This will allow you to check at a sizable depth quickly and w/o compressing the snow. If you walk around the area, you can compress the snow over your ski and never find it.
dude I'm sorry but you gave up after looking for a half hour? Get your ass back out there and find that fucking ski! It's either that or wait until the spring, but that snow won't be melting anytime soon
SourSteezledude I'm sorry but you gave up after looking for a half hour? Get your ass back out there and find that fucking ski! It's either that or wait until the spring, but that snow won't be melting anytime soon
This. Even worse than bootpackin over your ski is a bunch of people skiing over it and burying it forever. And go beg ski patrol for help.
Think of it as an hourly wage - if it takes you 6 hours to find it, but you don't have to pay $600 for new skis, then you made $100 / hour!
I stopped after half an hour because
a) it was getting dark
b) the lifts were closing/closed
c) I had a friend at the base that was worried where I was and didn't want him to call ski patrol thinking I was dead (phone died as soon as I took it out to call him)
d) I was exhausted and dehydrated from searching for that ski and feeling like I was going to pass out. I thought I should probably go get some water. Probably stress contributed to that as well.
As to where I looked, I did look at the trees near where I landed but I didn't do so thoroughly. It didn't really cross my mind to dig down there at the time.
Great to hear that you got your ski back! Last winter, my friend lost his Volkl Kendo up at Snowbird in 2 ft of fresh pow (for those who know, the kendo is about one of the hardest skis to find with its white/grey/black graphic). Well after about an hour later, with the whole group looking (5 of us total) finally found it about 35 feet down from where he fell. Just great to hear a sucess story of a lost ski brought home.