It was an otherwise epic bluebird day and shows some great fun before the crash at 2:12. A reminder to all to expect the unexpected. To quote Jerry Garcia, " when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door."
I'm lucky to be alive.
Scary ending with very lucky results. Could have been so much worse. Heal quickly.
Did you 'chatter out' of your binding? Just curious because I have on that run (less the tree ending). From the times I have skied Stein's it was often very firm, which is great fun at speed till you loose an edge in the bottom 1/2 of the turn. At mach shnell speed stuff can happen pretty quick.
Binding pre release at high speed thoughts remind me of bad driving vibes... you know when you're tearing up a wicked and mostly deserted mountain road in a sporty car or motorcycle and start thinking.. "Boy, I'd sure hate to have a blowout right now"
Well the one you lost first almost killing you was sitting in the middle of the trail where your wife picked it up. BTW, the way she had forethought to grab your ski and bring it to you? She's definitely a keeper!
I hate it when that happens. Could be worse; at least you can still ski with a broken wrist. If you do, don't push your luck. I made good use of my helmet last Saturday (asked the guy who shared the next lift ride with me the same question three times), and was totally off my game skiing on Sunday. No don't ask how bad my skiing was on Sunday; I don't want to talk about it any more.
wow you're lucky, you were pretty deep into the side in those trees, looks like a good thing there was padding on the snowmaking pipes. At those speeds I can see how you can end up that far in and off to the side even from starting in the middle of the trail. Modern fabrics slide pretty well. Glad you are ok
Glad you're not busted up worse.
What's going on with the exaggerated follow-through on your left pole plant? That's the wrist you broke, right? Maybe finishing up the season skiing without the left pole will help clean that up?
When life gives you lemons...
First off to the OP; Heal fast so that you may ski again soon. This could have been so much worse and I do agree you dodged a bullet. I know how that feels as I dodged a bullet a couple of years ago when a deer decided to hitch a ride on my motorcycle, but that is another story for another day. Like your story a good helmet and proper gear probably saved my life as well. I bring that up because when something traumatic like this happens, you start to re-evaluate your actions and priorities. I no longer ride as often or as aggressively, though when my accident happened, I was cruising and not being aggressive at all. I did replace the bike of course.
Like you, I also ski aggressively even as I approach 60 years young. I always have and often joked that I do not know how to ski slow. Watching your video, it could have been me having that accident Good skiers don't crash often but when we do, it is usually at greater velocity with greater risk. I think sometimes accomplished skiers start to feel invincible especially on easier terrain, and we don't pay close enough attention. ( I also have a broken rib story from JH about flat light on a cat track). Hopefully we can all learn from your misfortune and become a bit more aware of our speed and surroundings to help prevent accidents.
One final thought. I noticed you were on Atomic skis and bindings and mentioned one of them were broken when retrieved. Do you think the binding may have broke causing the accident? I know Atomic has had some binding issues of late. A couple of weeks ago at the final race of my league, I came across one of our racers where you get off the lift and he was pissed! One of his Atomic Race Skis had his heal piece broken and it was an Atomic binding. Now I know it was an older Atomic model than yours, but with all of the Atomic recalls and seeing that, I have to wonder???
Again, best of luck to you on a speedy recovery.
Hey MG, thanks for sharing that with us. Best wishes for a relaxing/healing off-season! Nice video, looked like a perfect day until,.. you know...... Anyway, curious about those bindings and what your DIN was set for (0, +1, +2)? I'd really HATE to have that happen, so much so, that I have mine at +3 to deal with ice coast "firm" stuff, where chatter is an understatement during turns at speed.