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Daddy's Dilemma

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Here's my challenge.  Taking the family to Snowmass Mar 9-16.  Eldest daughter , 14 yrs old, fell snowboarding 10 days ago and broke both wrists.  She will be 4 weeks into a 6 week casting when we get there.  Obviously we are searching for other activities to fill some of her time but are interested in other opinions. 

Of course we will get Doc's guidance before we go , but what is the consensus as to whether she should try to light skiing  greens, easy blues ( I think she will be able to hold poles , just not plant very well ) ???  Sounds like people have skied and rode with casts before.  Wondering  if Snowmass has a type of lesson or instructor that specializes in this type of situation.  

I realize it will depend on her comfort zone, but as glamorous as it sounds, she may get bored sitting in the hot tub all day/everyday .  Thoughts ??

post #2 of 15

Is she better at skiing?  She would love the dog sled tours out of Krabloonik, foods good too!

post #3 of 15

I remember bringing in my ski poles to the orthopedist's visit so that they could mold the cast so I could grip the pole. Just a thought, if the doc thinks it is okay to ski.


I don't think I'll ever take up snowboarding since I'd end up spending half my time on my knees or my butt.

post #4 of 15

How bad did she break them? I did that myself (both wrists at the same time) talk about highly inconvenient! I'm all for being a tough guy, but honestly, I'd have to say keep the poles away from her. Find something else to do. I did ski a bit with my arms in casts, but I sure as heck didn't want any poles - operating a spoon was a challenge at that point, skiing with poles was out of the question.

post #5 of 15

I say play it safe and have her stay off the slopes.  If she starts to feel left out, it's plenty easy to bribe a 14 year old and make her plenty happy.

post #6 of 15

Here's what I would do.

If she wants to go skiing, let her (she doesn't need poles).

If she wants to go boarding, let her.


I've skied with a broken wrist.  Tell her not to ski on her wrist.  ;)

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all for the variety of answers.  .  As for how severe?  It's the second time she has broken the left , did that 2 years ago as she was just learning.   The left is a bit worse than right and she is in casts that leave her somewhat functional.  Ironically she is more confident snowboarding than skiing , and likes it a lot more.  Thanks Shredhead, love the dogsled idea., I'll do that for sure. 


2 more quick questions to locals or experts-- Will she be able to ride gondola or other lift to meet rest of family in Elk Camp or somewhere without ski ticket??   


And , does Aspen/Snowmass sell half day tickets .??

post #8 of 15

She will need a ticket to ride the gondi.  Foot pass is cheaper than a 1/2 day which they do sell, but it's not a huge discount.   I'm pretty sure you can still get a 1/2 day am or pm. 

Snowmass open's at 8:30 offically, but almost all of ASC lifts open 15 minute before schedule everyday. Getting up and out of the village is early highly recommended and personally, I'd do the early

day over the late almost any day.


Lot's of stuff to do in town and it's safe.  I let my kids roam freely.  The Aspen Art Musem is free and pretty dam nice.

post #9 of 15

There's no way she should be skiing or boarding. If she's still in casts, the bones still haven't even fully healed. And she won't have done the physio to rehabilitate range of motion or muscular strength.


Keep in mind the people responding here are advising on choices they'd make for themselves. And every adult here is entitled to weigh the risk-reward ratio. But as a parent, you're accountable for minimizing risk to your daughter. Honestly, as sharperedges said to me regarding my injury, take her to a sports physio and explain what's involved in skiing, including worst-case possibilities (holding poles, applying pressure through the pole when planting, poling when skating uphill, driving the pole into bumps, the possibility of a pole catching and pulling her wrist back, falling over and landing on her arms, etc). I can't imagine a physio wanting her to stress her wrist at all right now.


I know your girl will be pouty and upset that she can't ski, and dads don't like to disappoint their daughters. Honestly though, by keeping off snow until her rehab's done, she'll prevent long-term or permanent damage. You're doing her a favour. 

post #10 of 15

Of course the Doc/physio will say no skiing.  They would say that to me too. 

The bones are protected by a cast.

She is 14, not 4.  If she want's to ski, let her ski.

post #11 of 15

She's just 14 - she has the rest of her life to ski.

post #12 of 15

The OPs daughter has broken wrists 3 times while snowboarding and is a better snowboarder than skier. She is either not very good on a board or has thin fragile wrists (not uncommon).


I'd say don't push the envelope and instead go with non skiing/boarding activities. I don't know if they have it at Aspen, but my home mountain offers snowcat rides where you get to ride around as a passenger with the grooming machine after the lifts close. This is a very cool way to see the mountain from a different perspective especially if you can't get out on skis.


Again, I  don't know if Aspen offers it or if a 14 year old would want to do it, but some resorts offer snow-limos for non skiers as a way of getting out on the mountain.

post #13 of 15

Don't they sell snowboard mittens with wrist guards built in?

post #14 of 15
If she's in cast just don't use poles, they aren't that important on groomers. However as previously said if she fall and damage the still healing bones it could cause further problems down the road. I broke my arm right above wrist (both bones) when I was 14 and was very cautious on not causing any further damage while it was in a cast.
post #15 of 15

Agree with Metaphor_ and others regarding parenting. Much as we like being the "nice parent" (and I'm one of the biggest pushovers, ever), we need to make safety decisions which our teens are not developmentally able to do yet. Yes, listen to the doctors/therapist/specialists. Even at my age, I have to be told that just because I CAN do something, doesn't mean that it is good for me - which is what happened today when I went to my PT for my first post-op shoulder repair therapy appointment, and I was told to stop doing the things which I thought that I COULD do, just because I am ABLE to do them. So yes, I was sort of put into my place, and since I really want to get better, I know that I need to behave, instead of just thinking that I can push through the pain and do stuff.


Your daughter has got to be really disappointed, but I believe that something good always comes out of bad stuff. Maybe the rest of the family will take turns hanging out with her off the slopes and chalk up some really good off-slope memories. But if the medical professionals say to let her heal, then let her heal. I think that years ago after recovering from a broken wrist and getting the cast off, I tried to ski with a hard wrist splint on. The problem with that is that if you fall and land on that hand, since the wrist can't bend, guess what goes? The fingers. Then you have more problems. And even if she is good with her own skills, all it takes is one out-of-control person running into her, and it doesn't matter what color slope she is on - she'll be down.


Good luck, and I wish you the best with your plans.

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