Sorry, but the tone of this and some other posts hits me wrong: I love how people on the computer are so much more capable, skillful, and knowledgeable than anyone else. Maybe you are, but the idea that one can control everything in a situation like this is ludicrous. First of all, I did consciously fall on to my side/back. "Luckily" was question marked b/c I was using it ironically; there was going to be no "good" position for what happened next. I did slide feet first -- until my ski hit a tree and flipped me backwards. I did put my arms out to shield my head -- until my poles tangled in vines and yanked my arms. Second, while I might well have made some errors in how fast I skied, where I skied, etc. these are the kinds of errors we all make at some time. I defy any one of you to deny you have EVER done something that couldn't have gone wrong if just one or two things had been different. Just moving on skis opens up the possibility of things happening according to the laws of chance and physics and environment.
I posted b/c I was willing to use myself as an example; I wanted folks to think more about the heightened risk environment out there. To say I should have been more active in changing what happened when physics took over is really a red herring. Try telling that to Herman Maier or Sarah Burke.
Like I said before: be careful out there.
Tell it, T!
I agree with your observation about the prolificacy of self-annoited "so much better and badder than thou infallible super-experts" populating internet chat forums.
I'm sure you already know all too well that you were likely moving a bit too fast at the time, but what skier that's been at it for more than a day or so hasn't had the occasional momentary lapse in judgement, be it with regard to speed, line, edge angle, or whatever? I've had more than I can count, yet 99% of those less than perfect split-second decisions seemed to end with a lesson learned and without injury.....as yours evidently did.
When I was working, it was a common axiom among my colleagues that in "dynamic situations" even if your technique wasn't exactly right or totally in keeping with your training, as long you walked away uninjured and with the end goal accomplished, it had been "right enough."
Glad you're O-K, and Thanks for sharing.