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Vertigo Sickness

post #1 of 12
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Has anyone had effects from Vertigo when skiing white-out conditions? Today was my first encounter with this. Felt a little whoosie on the chair and my ski pal also mentioned it. Didn't think much about it till I took a header and got buried. In an instant I got sick to my stomach. We decided to call it a day and I am still not right. I have never had this feeling before. Any ideas? Snow was up to your %$#@ w/ strong winds.
post #2 of 12
I had it in spades at Alta on Monday -- high winds + blinding snow = white-out nausea. It was compounded by the fact that it was my first time there; many of the runs are not clearly marked (or at least I missed the signage) and I was terrified of flying off a cliff.
post #3 of 12
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I wonder if it will continue or do you get over it after a few more days on the hill in those conditions. I hope it does not continue cause we are getting HAMMERED in the Cascades.
post #4 of 12
I was skiing last weekend in white out conditions, and the vertigo seemed to come and go.

The weirdest thing would be when I would come to a stop (finish my turn) and stand up, only to realize that I was still moving...oh, would that make me woozy!
post #5 of 12
That used to happen to me all the time, thus I would never ski on white-out days and had to miss some fine freshies. I have actually barfed on the side of a run and had to walk down!

Last year, as a little treat to myself, I bought new goggles that are a dark yellow (not amber) and phototropic, and for some reason, I stopped getting vertigo.

Coincidence? perhaps, but I was getting sick for years and now I don't. Go figure??
post #6 of 12
I actually ski better in whiteouts, because I cannot see what I'm usually afraid of. So the "ski by braille " method actually works for me! I did get an awful case of Vertigo at Bormio last year. It was not a white out, but it was at a high elevation. It was so weird. Started to ski down, and basically lost consciousness in a standing position! I had to side slip most of the run, because looking straight down the fall line made me sick!
james: could it have been altitude sickness for you at Alta?
post #7 of 12
Maybe... are the symptoms for vertigo and altitude sickness similar? While at Solitude and Snowbasin earlier in the weekend, I did feel mildly ill, but not like the whiteout dizziness I experienced at Alta. I didn't hurl, but probably should have.

Going to Colorado next week, so we'll see how that goes.
post #8 of 12
I have experienced vertigo/dizziness in total white out conditions, but not enough to feed the squirrels in the forest. The 2 I remember were getting off the tram at Jackson Hole and heading to the bowl on skiers right. JH did have some markers out to give some perspective, so that helped. The other was in Grand Targhee, I had to sit down for a bit to get the balance back.

The best thing I have found in a white out is to head for the trees, they block the wind and collect the powder.
post #9 of 12
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No Vertigo today....Zooming on the Groom

Faster than Digital

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 07, 2001 03:53 PM: Message edited 2 times, by slider ]</font>
post #10 of 12
Hi All,

Vertigo or motion sickness can be attributed to a lack of balance or equilibrium.

We process inputs from many sources (inner ear, eyes, touch, etc) to determine a sense of balance or spatial awareness. This awareness is required for us to control our own motion. If one input conflict with any of the others, we can lose a "sense of balance" (e.g. Serenity when you "saw" that you had stopped but indeed "felt" that you hadn't).

During a whiteout, we can lose a sense of balance because what we see doesn't quite match up with what the other senses are trying to tell us. The best thing to do is to try and find a place where you can see what is "actually" going on "spatially" (head towards the trees or get a good set of goggles like Skiminker so that you can make out the snow definition).

Hope this helps. [img]smile.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 15, 2001 10:43 PM: Message edited 1 time, by powderpup ]</font>
post #11 of 12
The pictures of Mt Bachelor are awsome. I am just grinding my teeth. I enjoyed a half day of rain at Willamette Pass last Thursday. I will not be able to ski this week because I am leaving for a week in Sun Valley next Friday.

On the topic of Vertigo, I had a very curious experience on the summit at Bachelor a few years ago. I was catching some air off of the cornice. I made the landing but I got thrown around in some bumps on the run out. I hit the back of my ribs really hard. They were really sore for more than a month. On my next trip up on the chair, I was scared to death that I was going to fall off. I have never had that intense fear of falling ever before or ever since. I couldn't shake it the rest of the day.
post #12 of 12
I used to experience motion sickness in a white-out conditions. I also get motion sickness on the planes when the ride gets bumpy.
What I do when conditions are white-out like and visibility is low I take one of those motion sickness pills that you can get in any drugs store an hour before I get to the mountain.
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