Hard rain on the mountain today so I'm sitting by the fire.
I had a little wipe-out in the trees yesterday in heavy snow -- hooking an edge, head-planting, and accumulating a fair bit of snow. The lift guys etc kept commenting on my snow man look, good-natured ribbing and all. But then I realized that I hardly see anyone falling anymore, let alone spectacular blowouts.
I'm just coming back to skiing after six or so years of absence -- and have been complaining about and adjusting to short skis. I've also returned to my home slopes after twenty plus years. Now that I have taken a few good falls, I'm starting to get more comfortable and feel a little of the old magic.
Growing up skiing bumps we said that if you didn't fall you didn't learn, and that was the way we made the zipper line. Two turns, fall. Next day three turns, fall, then four, etc, at which point we had enough momentum to amuse the chair. Eventually we could keep it together on the whole run, and after many years, rarely falling. But only after thousands of yard sales. Similar story, though less lengthy, catching air.
It strikes me that skiing is much more conservative now. I am, but I'm older so that's to be expected. Maybe it's just my head playing tricks, or maybe its the lack of zipper lines here now (we used to have them to rival Sun Valley). But if the crazies aren't in the bumps, where are they? In the terrain park? We don't have much of one here.
So I'm curious how often you guys fall, and in what conditions, and what is your attitude about it? I expect that advanced skiers can ski in a manner in which they are confident they won't fall when the circumstances would be too risky -- high speed groomers, icy couloirs, etc. but what about the rest of the time?
How often do you say to yourself: I'm going to push myself to the limit and may likely fall on this line, and that's fine if I do?