Hey everybody, somewhat new to these forums. I followed the "near fatal crash at deer valley" thread and found it interesting. So I had a little season ending crash at Steamboat a couple weeks ago, I figure I'd throw it out there to you guys for if I was skiing with in my skill range or trying to be a hero tourist.
I hit a an ok size drop towards the end of the day at at the bottom of a run called North Saint Pats. There was probably about 4in fresh snow the night before. My brother and I saw it in the morning and hit that same drop. No one had done it yet and it had a nice soft landing. When we went back to that run in the afternoon we decided to hit it again, I went first since I had a camera now. I landed fine but other people had done it and the landing was packed down, and being later in the day the snow was heavy. I got a little backseat while turning on the ski out and fell backwards, I was carrying a little more speed then I wanted. I felt a pop in my left knee and thought that didn't feel good, but didn't really hurt that bad either. I did a few more runs and started to get a little sore and it was about time to call it a day anyways. Well things didn't feel that good that night and the next day, turns out I tore up both sides of meniscus and tore my acl. Heres the video
Here is a video I made from the day before and earlier that day, if you want to judge my ability level.
A little more info-
I have lived in Indiana my whole life I usually get one good ski trip a year 4 or 5 days somewhere out west. I can usually ski about any run on the mountain I just may not look as pro as some other people. Moguls,trees, chutes are all ok...I ski'd Corbits couleir and the rest of Jackson Hole just fine a few years ago.
I actually bummed in on this trip last minute with other family that was going out there. I was going to Telluride the next week for my main trip I had planned. I was super excited to get 2 trips this year and to get to check out Telluride for the first time(obviously didn't happen).
I just got some new Atomic Alibi skis. I was really feeling good on them compared to my old skis(Dynastar legend 8000s). I had a shop mount my bindings and they set the DIN at 8. I'm a 145lb 28year old I said expert skier. I had my binding set lighter on my old ski's because of knee problems(from other sports). I had since got new knee braces and was feeling good so I let it be since its what they recommended.
I have hit plenty of little drops before. This would be one of the bigger ones I have done.
I was wearing a CTI ots knee brace. I had a torn MCL in that knee already, and maybe more damage its had its problems. I feel like it was a pretty small wreck to do all that damage though, but I think the brace still probably helped.
Now I'm sitting here just post op. after getting a hamstring graft thinking about it all medicated haha. I guess I feel like I was pushing my ability but not being stupid, and I under-estimated the worse snow conditions in the afternoon. I got a lot of time to sit and ponder it now though. Let me know what you think, sorry if I wrote a book haha. Its always hard to judge one's own true ski ability level, where do you think I'm at?