Why dont people just use a wakeboarding rope

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I just started using a sled for skiing this season (after skitouring pretty much all my life). None of my friends own a sled and im pretty much the only one riding in this zone of chile so i just tried all the different methods to get people on top of lines. In the internet we usually see people using the "canadian" or "alaskan" style of riding doubles but i found that just using a wakeboarding rope is the least exhausting and easiest to sidehill/ ride technicall terrain with.
Is there a reason why this technique isn`t more widely used?
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I've down both for more than 10 years now. The rope is too exhausting for the rider. There is much more friction than water and going up extreme hills just isn't possible. Our runs here in the PNW can take up to 5 minutes of hard climbing and cover 4000'. I'm not sure anyone I know could hold the rope while I flog a 4000' climb. We ride triple and it works well.
 

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I've down both for more than 10 years now. The rope is too exhausting for the rider. There is much more friction than water and going up extreme hills just isn't possible. Our runs here in the PNW can take up to 5 minutes of hard climbing and cover 4000'. I'm not sure anyone I know could hold the rope while I flog a 4000' climb. We ride triple and it works well.
Plus, timeframe. Wakeboard runs are super short compared to climbing mountains. My neighbor kid is a ripped little dude, but he is beat after a 5-10 minute wakeboard run. And that is just getting towed, no turning. He is 7. Legs be shakin when he is done!
 

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I just started using a sled for skiing this season (after skitouring pretty much all my life). None of my friends own a sled and im pretty much the only one riding in this zone of chile so i just tried all the different methods to get people on top of lines. In the internet we usually see people using the "canadian" or "alaskan" style of riding doubles but i found that just using a wakeboarding rope is the least exhausting and easiest to sidehill/ ride technicall terrain with.
Is there a reason why this technique isn`t more widely used?
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Yes. There is a reason. While pulling with a rope might work on flat or low angle it is not effective/efficient in steep powder terrain. It sounds like you are new to sledding and your friends have zero experience on a sled. In that case. A rope might be your best bet. To effectively double you need two people who have years of experience riding mountain terrain on sleds (or at least 1!) When two people can ride as one, doubling is very effective. It is also much less tiring.
To effectively snowmobile ski, everyone needs their own machine to ride to the area then double the lines you are going to ski.
What I tell most newbie sledders who buy a sled to tour with is to use the sled to get closer to the terrain you want to ride then tour from there.
 

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^^^^ This ^^^^

Really ineffective way to shred and that only works if you have nice hardpack road too. Up here in the PNW it's deep and filled with trees. We have to set a track a lot of times just to get sled into the zone. I like to run a crew of 4, two riders, two shuttle, always riding two-up on the shuttle up. The riders have buddy for safety sakes, shuttle drivers act as spotters from the bottom. It's very efficient to get the most laps and you are preparing yourself for the worst case scenario. I wouldn't want to be out deep in the BC with one sled and a rope. Someone gets hurt it's gonna be fawcked to get them out.
 
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^^^^ This ^^^^

Really ineffective way to shred and that only works if you have nice hardpack road too. Up here in the PNW it's deep and filled with trees. We have to set a track a lot of times just to get sled into the zone. I like to run a crew of 4, two riders, two shuttle, always riding two-up on the shuttle up. The riders have buddy for safety sakes, shuttle drivers act as spotters from the bottom. It's very efficient to get the most laps and you are preparing yourself for the worst case scenario. I wouldn't want to be out deep in the BC with one sled and a rope. Someone gets hurt it's gonna be fawcked to get them out.

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I use a ski rope frequently. It stays on my sled. It usually comes out while pulling 3 up (tandem plus rope if the route is mellow enough) but you're right, being able to genuinely sidehill easily while towing someone is kind of nice. We primarily just tandem but there's no reason to not have both as an option. Sometimes with newer guys that are better skiers than sledders, they prefer it so why not?

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Post some pics of Chile man! Dying to see what kind of stuff you guys are riding there. That pic is just a tease!
 
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