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danger of heel injury from powder skis on hardpack...

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Can't seem to find much written about foot injuries resulting from the powder skis on ski hills where there might be some hardpack hiding in the powder fields.

 

Bruised my heel badly skiing and can't find much written about this as a skiing injury.

Was wondering if there is any experience with bruied heels from skiing out there? Still on crutches after a week but seems to be slowly getting better, but still hurts to put weight on it. No fracture. Any idea how long it will be before I can ski (or walk) again?

 

When I was demoing a pair of powder skis in the powder and had to cut across a groomed trail which was hardpack. There was a couple of feet drop, which I have done many times before in my all terrain skis in 40 years of skiing. All my weight seemed to come down on my heel which instantly hurt a lot everytime I put any weight on it.

 

Could this injury might be partly or wholly due to the fact that whith powder skis, all your weight is constantly on your foot when snow is hard because of the "reverse camber"? Should these skis should come with a warning even though it is pretty obvious that powder skis are for powder? Even on powder days on ski hills there is inevitably the need to be on hardpack to get to a lift.

post #2 of 5

There is a medical and legal term for the injury you have suffered

 

 

UNLUCKY   ! !

 

Heal quickly!

 

 

post #3 of 5

^^^+1

you also might not be used to skiing those particular demo skis, so that through you off a bit.  Were you wearing professionally fit boots?  

post #4 of 5

I do understand the effect you are talking about, but it is hard to envision it being big enough to matter.  Still, with shocks if you spread them out in time just a little there can be a big change in peak deceleration.  So just maybe.  I think the "unlucky" explanation is still more likely, though.

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Thanks for the thought about professional help with boots. My Lange boots have been perfectly comfortable and responsive for 5 years (didn't even need the skithotics i had with my previous boots),  but I will definitely be looking for some professional help with better footbed and heel cushioning now or new skithotics.

 

The other factor I have just been reading about is heel fat pads just getting less resilient with age so more prone to injury when squished. So perhaps warning should be for age, not for skis. 

 

Unlucky for sure....it was going to be a great spring ski season with the record amounts of snow.

 

By the way, the Rossi S7's were great in the powder. Just need to be a bit more cautious on the hardpack.

 

 

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