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I live in Michigan, so in the winter time I have to deal with snowy weather. This sucks for several reasons, however, the worst being loosing a disc in the snow. Many times after the disc lands in the snow it is burried, even though you saw it land it still burrowed under the snow and all that is visible is a slight slash in the snow I have had disc go as far as five or six feet past the said little slash. To find this disc you generally have to drag your feet around until you "feel" something but many times I have stepped on the disc and with winter boots on felt nothing, even when you find it you still have to reach in there and grab it with your hands eventully drenching your gloves.
I have tried the ribbion techinque and found it less then worthwhile to even bother with. My soulution is I bought several large washers about half the size of a doughnut and with packing tape secured it on the top and center of the disc useing the flash cuttof as a guide for center. For about 20$ at home depot I bought a telescoping magnet stick with about a one foot magnet drag that bad boy through the snow and you can feel it hook up with a click.
The stick fits easily in my bag it collapses down to about 16 inches and extends to about three foot so you don't even have to bend down. The washer does affect the flight of the disc, not nearly as much as the ribbon, mostly things drop faster but not that much as I bought the thinest lightest ones about two grams. Your hands stay much warmer and you don't have to walk in circles all day looking for a disc you watched land! hopefully this helps everyone out have fun and enjoy winter!
Ribbons work well most of the time, but I've seen some problems with the method. Don't use them myself, just try to find the marks in the snow. Whatever works. (The big magnet and washers taped to a disc example proves that almost anything goes...)
From what I've seen on the course, the ribbon can be problematic any time a player is near shrubs and branches, so they're better in wide open areas. That little bit of ribbon can stop a disc pretty fast. And you've never seen a disc golfer as mad as the one who is trying to figure a way to get his disc down from where the ribbon tangled well up into a tree. There it is, just hanging there, unreachable. But I think the thing that put me off ribbons the most was when a fellow player had the ribbon somehow wrap around a finger tip just as he threw. Pretty much blew up the end of that digit.
Looking forward to more or less snow-free golf tomorrow. Had a nice thaw here in SE MI over the past few days and it looks like I'll be able to throw some rollers for a change, at least until we get dumped on again.
Happy new year.