Leash failure - at some point, I want my leashes to break.
Ski leashes save weight by eliminating brakes, but they also turn one's boards into two 1.75-meter torture devices that will beat their rider to pieces in a big fall. Anyone else remember the ski straps back in the day before brakes? It feels just like that. In the backcountry, a ski leash will also turn your skis into big anchors if you ever get caught in a slide, dragging you down when all you can hope for is to end up on top.
A solution? I make sure one component of my leashes - the clips - will fail at a certain load. They're strong enough to hold the skis, but weak enough to blow apart. This means I might loose my ski in a big fall, and I will loose my ski if I'm caught in a slide, but that's a small price to pay when weighed against the trauma they could cause by being still attached to me.
So that photo above? That's what happened on the 30th, after a day of great powder with four teenage rippers, making the upteenth turn down Art's Knob at Mach 1. My tips suddenly plowed into a hidden compression, launching me into a double tomahawk. My right ski stayed on, but the left was launched and released. Exactly what I wanted.