Originally Posted by alexzn
I am also very concerned about the patrol sled ride story, it just dies not sound right.
Frankly, I'm not inclined to believe the patrol sled story is entirely accurate. The entire story sounds suspect, and reeks of somebody with an agenda behind the story. Do I believe this person broke their leg? Yes. Do I believe much else about the story? Not really. First is the assertion that "I've been skiing for 30 years". Then you go on to read, and the entire story doesn't sound like anybody who has been skiing 30 years. Between the lack of knowledge about how bindings work, to the fact that he rented off the shelf rental equipment, makes me think that his "Skiing 30 years" is more like he first went skiing 30 years ago, and has skied very rarely in the intervening time.
The entire sled story just doesn't make any sense, and is just rife with what seem to be gross exaggerations. Sled rides can seem scary in the best of times, and when you are injured and scared and cold, they can seem even scarier. It doesn't mean that the person's perceptions are aligned with the reality of the situation. The patroller's job is to get an injured skier down off of the mountain safely. Getting a very large, very heavy sled with a full sized person down an icy bumpy mountain is not easy. Any time a patroller evacs a skier from the mountain, they are risking their own lives, since one mistake with that sled means the sled is running them over. Sorry if the patroller doesn't make it as cozy as a luxury sleigh ride. For anybody who has kids, or has worked with kids, this whole story reads like the stories kids come home with from school. Your kid tells you a story of horrible injustice and terrible danger, all the fault of the teacher. Then you call the teacher, ready to tear into them about how horrible they were, and you hear the actual story, in which little Johnny's version only barely resembles reality. Despite the assertions of the OP, I can't help but think there is an agenda behind this poll and this thread. Why single out Head in the poll? Why not have a category for "I have Head bindings and never been injured due to them?" Why? Because the OP is looking for a specific answer for a specific reason.
I know I'm being harsh, but it is things like this that go towards making a mountain so blindingly expensive to operate, and in turn makes it so expensive to ski. This kind of thing is what makes insurance premiums go up, and costs thousands of dollars in lawyers, legal fees, and wasted time for resorts. People need to accept that skiing is dangerous, and holy crap they might get hurt out there. If you don't want to risk injury, take up knitting.