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Are Injury Rates higher in 2012 due to low snow cover?

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Link below is to a Denver post article with the following lead, "The driest December in recent memory and a paltry snowpack are triggering surges in ER visits in ski towns as typical holiday crowds ski fewer and icier acres." 31 DEC 11 Denver post front page article.

 

We've only been up to Summit county resorts three days this year, and did see, during relatively limited periods, quite a few sleds being loaded or moving off the hill loaded.  (Up at Breck, as we saw our 3rd and 4th being loaded in about 3 hours on Peak 7, we at first assumed they were running early season training sessions for evacuating injured skiers, guess we were wrong).

This of course is totally anecdotal material, not a pro or con on the Denver Post article. 

 

Do others have a perception or evidence that injury rates across the board are higher this year?  With fewer runs open at places like Keystone, there is definitely a lot more funneling of traffic in certain places.

 

 http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19650236

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Not sure about more injuries, but I've seen a lot of close calls from crowded slopes.

 

 

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I hear there have been a ton of broken ribs here from people hitting semi-submerged trees (either that caused the fall or encountered during the fall).  Plus a local repair shop can hardly keep up with base repairs, delams, etc.  

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I'm torn between trying not to run over rocks and trying not to run over people. my eyes are darting around assessing threats to me and to my skis. 

 

Some skiers are falling hard at high speed on ice patches that are difficult to see, and I see more than the normal amount of intermediates taking hard falls too. I've seen the humorous but scary run-away skier a couple times. Absolutely gripped and completely frozen in stick figure position, too terrified to move a muscle, just tearing straight down the icy hill. I think disaster has been averted because the crowds didn't even show up; bay area skiers are pretty knowledgeable.

 

pretty nasty out there, which makes it unsafe. some impact injuries will be up in number; twisting injuries from deep heavy snow...not so much; so maybe it's a wash.

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I've only had one day on the snow this year because of all this.

 

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Maybe January it will come.

 

 

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I'm reading this while in the local ER awaiting x-ray results, believe it or not. Too much exuberance on a hard-packed bumpilicious run out. Low snow conditions indeed.
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