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post #1 of 16
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At the beginig, I would like to say hello to all of You.


I am a new member, my name is Gregory, and i am 25 yoa.

 

I would like to show You a video of my skiing accident which happend to me in November 2010 in Hintertux, Austria: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aytC_XUcm4

 

 

First of all I want to say it was a great mistake of me, because i never checked the track before i skied there, but i never expected such a crevasse or any other obstacle to be so close to normal ski road.

This was the last run of the day (we skied only off piste before) i didnt plan to go there that day, but i just noticed a great white field of snow ahead of me, and decided to go there. This was my mistake.

 

What i can tell to You now is You should never loose Your esteem to mountains, and think twice before You do something.

All the best to You guys, and of course perfect lines :) 

 

 

p.s. any comments or thoughts of You are welcome.

 

 

post #2 of 16


Welcome aboard, and thanks for the video, and the warning.

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Originally Posted by gregorg4 View Post

At the beginig, I would like to say hello to all of You.


I am a new member, my name is Gregory, and i am 25 yoa.

 

I would like to show You a video of my skiing accident which happend to me in November 2010 in Hintertux, Austria: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aytC_XUcm4

 

 

First of all I want to say it was a great mistake of me, because i never checked the track before i skied there, but i never expected such a crevasse or any other obstacle to be so close to normal ski road.

This was the last run of the day (we skied only off piste before) i didnt plan to go there that day, but i just noticed a great white field of snow ahead of me, and decided to go there. This was my mistake.

 

What i can tell to You now is You should never loose Your esteem to mountains, and think twice before You do something.

All the best to You guys, and of course perfect lines :) 

 

 

p.s. any comments or thoughts of You are welcome.

 

 

Been there done that (though I was fortunate enough not to ski into a couloir, just hit a wind ridge),  Now I ALWAYS take it easy the first time down an unknown line, even if it is on a trail map.  Don't feel too bad, it's a common mistake, though maybe you have saved a few people from making it.

 

What was the damage?
 

 

post #3 of 16
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Damage was pretty bad, at the moment i felt down i just thought its only my right hand and left leg fractured. But later on in the hospital it turned out i have my face crashed. My forehead bone, eyesocket, nose, both cheeks was fractured, there was also few hematomas in the face. so after 2 days i looked worse than if i was figthing Mike Tyson :)

luckily everything is ok, and i am recovering good and cant wait for the new season.

 

The problem of this place was that this glacier hole/crevasse was completly unvisible from other places. My friends was thinking of this slope as a great area to do snow kite there, because it looked spacious and not that steep.

But its a great experience and a warning for me.

post #4 of 16

Polski? Gural?

post #5 of 16

Wow.  Welcome to EpicSki and thanks for posting the video.  Its a critical reminder that, sometimes 'Untracked' is because you shouldn't go there.  

 

Glad you're healing well.

 

post #6 of 16

Mercies  of good weather. The cat had to build a landing pad for the chopper? What was the total elapsed time from going over the edge and the chopper taking off?

post #7 of 16
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Polski? Gural?



Yes, I am from Poland, but  I am not a Highlander, just spend my winter time there.



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Mercies  of good weather. The cat had to build a landing pad for the chopper? What was the total elapsed time from going over the edge and the chopper taking off?


It was about 35-40 minutes.

post #8 of 16

Your lucky you had a buddy there to call for help, another good reason to always ski in pairs. SAR just found a skier in Big Sky that had been missing since March. Like Ghost said always take it easy in unknown territory, as you see from the video things happen fast. Glad to see you are alright.

post #9 of 16

Clearly these are the poles I should have gone on Holiday in Austria with. The ones I went with were terrified that I was riding 5 feet off of the trail in knee deep pow. Glad you're okay.

 

Is it bad that I wasn't 100 percent about the language until i heard the curse words?

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post #11 of 16

I kept waiting for another in your group to fall over the cornice or thru a snow-bridge on the line of crevasses in the ice-fall. Then I was also waiting for someone's head to get taken off by the rotors on the copter.

Glaciers are wild places and if they break over ground-cover there will be crevasses... Perhaps a bit more research and a photo from the summer would have been 'instructive'.

I realize this is 'Europe' but the signage blows as it sure didn't look like more than a 'easiest' line. I imagine a white-out with signs that far apart.

post #12 of 16

Still give me chills when I see this.  Very glad you're healing!

 

post #13 of 16

It took me a while to figure out what was going on in this video. I kept waiting for the guy with the helmet cam to fall into the crevasse (and it was tense to watch, thinking at any moment there would be a nasty fall in first-person POV). It turns out it's another guy who falls in the crevasse within view of the camera at 4:30. Then the cameraman calls for help.

post #14 of 16

So what's the cost of a helicopter rescue in Austria?

post #15 of 16
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the cost of my flight was about 3,500 euro so it is about 4,500 usd. but as far as i know prices vary from 3000 to 5000 euro - depends on the distance - my hospital was really close to the accident place.

thank You guys for the good words,  I am just back from my first skiing trip since the accident. I was in Livigno - italian Alps, there wasnt much snow, so i didnt go off piste, but it was good enough for the season preparation, and make myself confident about my skills. Firtst day was quite hard, but with every next run it was going better and better. Cant wait for powder :)!

post #16 of 16

Glad to hear you are back on the snow! I hope you had insurance to cover that flight?

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