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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

Yes there are increased risks associated with riding a lift while wearing a pack Hangups The first major risk, mentioned by Paparazzi, is hangups. These occur anytime the pack becomes entangled in ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

On the right snow, you can ascend extremely steep (even if it probably isn't the most economical thing to do) - so from that aspect, I don't see a problem. Looking at the skiers center of gravity, it ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

I agree that the mountains in the background look weird, but the crop is so close that it's hard to tell for certain without additional context. This image appears to be from an article on skinning ...
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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

With a dash of common sense, and a modicum of skill I'd say packs are safe on a chairlift. One winter I skied over 100 days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I wore a pack the vast majority of those ...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

It's not recommended to use a kayak or "CE/EN 1385" helmet for skiing. However, you can use a skiing or "CE/EN 1077" helmet for kayaking. The helmets are manufactured and tested for specific ...
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Do I need a hard shell to ski in sunny weather conditions?

As a beginning skier you will probably be falling down a lot. This means that you are likely to end up covered in snow even if the weather is nice. If you are wearing a soft shell, the snow melting ...
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Mortality statistics: Ski touring vs rock climbing

The German Alpin Club (DAV) publishes an accident report every year: DAV Bergunfallstatistik, Report for 2022 For Austria, there is the Kuratorium für Alpine Sicherheit which publishes a similar ...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

As the protection required in these activities differ, there are different standards for helmets: EN 1385 for kayaking and EN 1077 for skiing. There are of course even more norms for other helmets. So ...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

There seem to be many widespread assumptions about helmet design, particularly regarding how well they handle multiple impacts. The poor availability of the relevant standards documents[0] does not ...
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Relation of ski edge sharpening to skiing ability and snow conditions

TL;DR Don't do it. It is really easy to ruin a perfectly good pair of skis. A great way to handle ski maintenance is to wax your own skis, touch up the burrs with a fine grit diamond stone (400-grit ...
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Have these ski bindings been mounted properly?

I used to do some work as a ski technician many years ago, and yes, definitely this is not correct. You should not be able to see the screws from the underside. Take them back for a replacement, they ...
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Escaping tree well

Really the key to escaping tree wells is to ski/board/snowshoe with a buddy. I have friends who have ended up head down in a tree well, completely unable to reach their bindings. With every movement ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

It cannot be that the image is rotated, and that this rotation is the only alteration to the image. The reason is simple: look at the straps of the backpack. They are hanging vertically, and they are ...
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Do I need a hard shell to ski in sunny weather conditions?

tl;dr I don't think you need spent big money on a new jacket just to go skiing if you have a serviceable soft shell. You can wear anything you want. I know when the ski season is coming to a close ...
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What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

The answer to this question at its most basic level is generally use your ski crampons until you would feel more safe using boot crampons. I suspect since you asked this question you aren't very ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

There are two different norms for ski bindings (and their release characteristics): ISO 9462 for alpine ski bindings and ISO 13992 for touring ski bindings. The former is tested together with alpine ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

I just wanted to give my input as an avid backcountry skier and general ski bum during the winters. As mentioned above, the straps seem like a pretty good indicator that the picture is real. Even if ...
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Mortality statistics: Ski touring vs rock climbing

In addition to Manziels good answer, I would like to point to another statistic, that is less fortunate. The following diagram shows the number of yearly avalanche victims since 1936 in Switzerland. ...
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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

As a ski patroller for many years I usually have a pack on when riding the lift. Yes packs can be dangerous, but it is a manageable hazard, and a potentially life saving and life saving and required ...
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Carrying skis attached to backpack

This article covers the 2 commonly used methods for vertically carrying skis, and their relative advantages and disadvantages. The diaganol: The A Frame: Shoulder Carry: One additional method of ...
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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

In many (possibly all) European ski resorts it is mandatory to lower the safety bar in a chair lift. On the chairs I have ridden there is not enough space to sit down while wearing a backpack - I am ...
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How does ski binding height affect skiing off-piste?

This dimension is know as the binding stack height (as well as binding stand height) and can be both beneficial and detrimental: On piste / carving / racing: a larger stack height is generally ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

You can, but how well you glide will vary depending on your skins. Some styles glide better than others, and you will glide more with a shorter skin opposed to a full length skin. There's a 2km ...
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Is it a good idea to do ski binding settings yourself?

Your settings are mostly personal preference. Adjusting your DIN settings is not a complicated procedure. It's not uncommon for ski resorts to provide public benches with screwdrivers chained to them ...
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How important is thermal underwear for skiing?

You did not say whether you were going downhill skiing or cross-country. The difference is significant: When downhill skiing you are being carried uphill each time between runs and so are not ...
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How can I rescue someone lost in an avalanche?

In addition to Dangeranger's answer: If you as victim have climbing equipment or a rope, fasten it to your body (if not already fastened) and release your rope. It is very, very hard to find avalanche ...
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What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

This is an excellent article comparing the two. Use the ski when you need the grip but still want the flotation of the ski. You are limited to how steep you can go with a ski. This is a picture of ...
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Use normal urban jacket for skiing/snowboard

As for most outdoor activities, you can certainly get by with non-specialized clothing for skiing and snowboarding. As @imsodin points out in the comments, a ski resort is (compared to a lot of ...
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First Time Skiing - Only my feet were freezing

Try thinner socks. If you're too tight in the boots, you'll be cold. It seems counter intuitive but blood circulation is what keeps you warm, just like what @Fenophter wrote in the comments. An ...
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What are the differences between expensive, mid-priced and cheap skis?

Generally, the more expensive a ski is, the more expensive material and manufacturing processes can be used. For example, cheap ski typically has a foam core which is quite soft and is equally soft ...
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