Originally Posted by oldgoat
The last few low-tide seasons around Tahoe (can't remember which, they're all starting to blur together) I've found myself willowed-out on several occasions (like getting cliffed-out, only different). Thrashing through willow on skis is even less fun than hiking through it.
I had forgotten my own underbrush experience. Several years ago I was skiing at Cannon early season and there wasn't much interesting open. We saw a n opening off the trail that was a couple feet of vertical then gradually flattening out to a road 10 or 15 feet below.
I said "I think that will go" and pushed off. As I did my right ski slid under the tangle of roots and branches on the edge. I flailed. When I assessed the situation a second or two later, I discovered my right ski was trapped nearly vertical behind me, my left ski shovel was resting on a tree branch over my head, one arm was around a tree trunk ,and I was suspended in mid-air. I had to get disentangled without dropping myself or any of my equipment.