WARNING. DANGER ON SNOWSHOE MT.
When my downhill ski caught on groomed snow/ice my lower right leg was twisted almost completely off my body. Ski never came off my boot. Ski never released.
The head of my right tibia was completely snapped off and jammed down into the marrow of the tibia, splintering the tibia in several places with other bone fragmenting around tibia plateau. Extensive surgical repair and facing 4-5 month immobility with possible surgical repair of ligaments needed after leg rehab becomes possible .
Orthopedic surgeon says my very strong bones took the screws and plate necessary to repair my complicated fracture.
BEWARE. this injury would not have been possible had the binding released and the ski not remained attached to my boot .
ALSO BEWARE your risk with ski patrol rescue. The haphazard ride down the mountain was terrifying because:
I had to sit on a blue sack lump of equipment in bottom of sled , trying to keep broken leg in the sled around it. There was no wrapping, no straps , nothing to secure my body in the sled. I was given a flat nylon webbing strap that came up between my legs and said, "hang on to this strap. We're heading down the mt." As we bounced down the mt. I was frantically trying to keep my broken leg in the sled vs bouncing out of it.
My son, skiing along with us told me in relief afterwards, he was sickeningly anxious that my leg would bounce out , hit the snow and my entire leg would be ripped off at the hip.
A nightmare from which I fervently hope to protect Snowshoe Mt. skiers . First aid station attention seemed to be adequate, however there was no evaluation of soft tissue injury from bone injury. I asked where I could get such evaluation and was told there was a family practice clinic at bottom of mountain. Immediately I was taken there by those skiing with me, to confirm my strong suspicion of extensive fracture. First aid station at Snowshoe Mt. makes no pathway to provide care or triage for ski injuries.
This ENTIRE scenario is predicated on the inadequate and erroneous non release of my ski binding.