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Common injuries and how to avoid them?

post #1 of 4
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As I have progressed and become comfortable with high-speeds, super steeps, little cornice drops without compromising good techniques (I don't *think* I look awkward or have any glaring flaws in my skiing). More-so, I've progressed a lot as a freestyle skier. I spend about half my time in the park, and feel comfortable doing relatively big kickers. For those familiar with Mammoth, I've hit everything in Southpark a couple weeks ago (ie some 30-footers, with 6-8 foot tall kickers).

All of that, and I have never had a bad spill. I've just steadily worked my way up to this point. I've definitely felt mixtures of fear and adrenaline when trying something new, but never rush into something without a lot of thought.

So how do I keep it this way? Are injuries and painful crashes inevitable, or are there guys that push their limits without them? Are there common mistakes to keep an eye out for?

tl;dr progressing as a skier, trying more and more advanced things. Never had a bad fall or injury. How do I keep it that way?
post #2 of 4

It's not a given that every skier will get hurt at some point in their career. It sounds like you have a good protective mechanism (never rushing into something without a lot of thought). Good luck with it!

post #3 of 4

I'm not sure this applies to you (it's aimed more at beginners and terminal intermediates), but the classic treatise on avoiding knee injuries is




A must read for every skier.


Other than that, "look before you leap" and "ski with confidence - but not too much confidence".

post #4 of 4

Look before you leap is definitely a must.


The one I learned the hard way is ALWAYS take a picture of a face beforehand is you aren't doing a marked run (and said unmarked run is steep and gnarly enough). When you're looking down, it's really hard to judge stuff, but if you took a picture, just whip out the camera and get your bearings.


Also, try to anticipate the consequences of falling (ie. screwing up will be the end of my: day/ week/ season/ life). Then decide if it's worth it or not.


But really, if you are the type to slowly increase the risk, like I am, sooner or later you will find the end of your skill. It's inevitable. If you are the type to find a type of terrain you are comfortable skiing and are content leaving it as is, then you still have a chance of eating it hard sooner or later.

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