Hey Epic Ski Gang.
I'm 32 and I've been skiing for over 26 years (thanks Dad!). The older I get the less I fall. I still fall from time to time like everyone, but not often. Last week I was night skiing at the local resort. While going close to top speed, and towards the end of the run on one of the steeper hills, I skied off a mound of snow the groomers made that I didn't see. One second I was carving it up flying down the hill, the next I'm in the air, then I threw my arms up to cover my head as I slammed down. I landed on my face, cracked my goggles down the center, and woozily got up. Fortunately I had my helmet on or it could have been much worse. Looked to my right and another guy did the exact same thing. You couldn't see the mound from above and it just dropped off. With my head pounding and nose bloody and scraped, I gathered my stuff and skied down to the lift where my buddy was waiting. That was my last run for the night obviously. Now its six days later, the headache is mostly gone, but now I have some neck pain to go with it (Seeing the Chiro today).
I realize this isn't as bad as some stories I've read on here about avalanches and torn ligaments. But I'm wondering everyone thoughts on getting back on the mountain (after neck issues are gone of course). Do I just go top speed down the hill again and get it over with or do I take it easy? Confidence is 90% of skiing, so I know I need to get that back. Especially before the big trip to Jackson Hole later this season. Just wondering your thoughts on getting back on the mountain after a big wreck.
Thanks for your thoughts and opinions,