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Surprise snow snake, pilot error, other skiers taking you out?

Poll Results: When you've been injured seriously skiing, what caused it?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 23% of voters (6)
    snow snake (whatever you think that means)
  • 57% of voters (15)
    pilot error
  • 15% of voters (4)
    someone else took me out
  • 7% of voters (2)
    other
  • 19% of voters (5)
    this poll is flawed; all polls are flawed
26 Total Votes  
post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

DRAT!!! My poll is messed up.  I'll try to fix it later.

 

I've had two major injuries skiing in the last three seasons.  I know what caused both.  The first was pilot error; I was trying something new and as a result my skis to did something very unexpected; down I went upside down, sliding fast into the boulder-filled woods.

 

The second was a surprise snow snake (one ski penetrated a bump and came to a full stop while the other traveled up and over; I looped-de-looped down onto another bump landing on my shoulder).  I consider this a snow snake because I could not have prevented it.  The bump did not reveal its true nature.

 

When you've been injured seriously skiing, what caused it?

post #2 of 20
The last run of the day, last day of the season.

We were making a run on every slope to tip the lifties, and at the end of the last blue run, 1 minute from having my skis off...

It had been warm that day, and as near as we can tell after skiing in the slush, when the sun went down and it got cold the slush in and around my bindings froze solid and my boot was actually frozen to my ski.

Also, because it had warmed up and then rapidly became cold there were mounds of slush with crust over them.

I punched into one of the mounds, at "beginner on a green run" speed at the end of the run, and had a release failure.

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post #3 of 20
Sometimes the snow snake bites because of pilot error. Think that's what happened to me.
post #4 of 20

I'm amazed I walked away when a skier blindsided me last year at Ski Santa Fe.

I was skiing slow and in control because it was a big weekend.

That was a mistake.

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

I'm amazed I walked away when a skier blindsided me last year at Ski Santa Fe.
I was skiing slow and in control because it was a big weekend.
That was a mistake.

I hope you got ski patrol involved, and then made a claim against their deposit for damage to your equipment.
post #6 of 20

The person that hit me took off and I was so rattled that by the time I got both my skis on I couldn't catch her.

That's probably good as my mood was murderous.

She drove her ski tips into the side of my boot and blew me out of my bindings so cleanly that I flew about 30 feet before I landed.

I probably would have been badly hurt if both skis hadn't come off since I did some cartwheeling.

Good luck on top of bad luck.

Collisions scare me more than any other skiing accident.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

Collisions scare me more than any other skiing accident.

Yep. From my first post here:
Quote:
My wife got hit on her third day out so hard it knocked her out, broke her arm, gave her whiplash, messed up her shoulder, and broke her upper jaw. We participate in "combat sports", and this isn't the first time she has been knocked out, so she decided to self assess and kept skiing, skied like that through the season, and is probably going to skip the last of her surgery to clean up her jaw until after this season.
post #8 of 20
Snow snake. Something ripped a ski off my foot. Looked down, cursed, and then ricocheted off trees. Felt like a root or a rock.
post #9 of 20

Tore my meniscus skiing powder over bumps when I hit a bump head on. I did release but not quite in time. So pilot error. Dislocated my shoulder due to a prerelease in heavy powder. So other.

post #10 of 20

I suppose you could call it a snow snake, with a healthy dose of pilot error

 

Got too far in the back seat on a dust-on-crust day, skis took off with me fighting to recover, heading for what appeared to be an impenetrable thicket of new new-growth trees, decided to lay it down before burrowing into possible tree spikes, only to land on a stump that was just covered enough by the dust to be invisible. Helloooooo emergency intestinal surgery

post #11 of 20

Pilot error when I was a young, low intermediate.  I turned and skied right over the back of a woman's skis while she was moving.  This was in 1965 and I had cable bindings, no AFDs in those days.  I took a slow, twisting, weighted fall and spiraled my tibia and fibula.  Being 12 was a good thing.  It only took me 6 months to recover.

post #12 of 20

Worst injury hair line fractures in the spine.  I went tot do a token spread eagle at the end of a Double Black Diamond, little that know the ramp that I selected was actually fluff hiding a vertical ramp.  I realized the error when I saw my 205 going vertical and I was still going horizontal on the snow.  Needless to say, the trick was to land hopefully in a manner that only injured something that heals quickly.  Yes I finished the day, but found out on X-rays that I had done damage on Monday morning as the 2 extra strength ASA didn't do the trick in killing the pain in the morning.

 

Damn snow snakes, they gotta do something about them there critters :rolleyes

post #13 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by sofort99 View Post

The last run of the day, last day of the season.

We were making a run on every slope to tip the lifties, and at the end of the last blue run, 1 minute from having my skis off...

It had been warm that day, and as near as we can tell after skiing in the slush, when the sun went down and it got cold the slush in and around my bindings froze solid and my boot was actually frozen to my ski.

Also, because it had warmed up and then rapidly became cold there were mounds of slush with crust over them.

I punched into one of the mounds, at "beginner on a green run" speed at the end of the run, and had a release failure.

2012-03-08112206.jpg

Well yeah, an injury like that will always happen on the last run of your season.

 

The crash that I remember most vividly that hurt was entirely pilot error. I was in the backseat when I hit an icy kicker, and ended up flying through the air horizontally, feet in front of me. First contact on landing was made with my helmeted head, and it HURT. I had to sit out a few runs to recover from that one.

post #14 of 20
Getting taken out ftw!
post #15 of 20

Pilot error. Pole planted on a bump in the backcountry, arm gave out because I'd been hiking the last 2 days straight. Smashed myself in the face with the butt of my pole, ripped open my face above my left eye. Lots of blood. Had to ski out to the road with butterfly bandages on it and wiping blood out of my eye the whole way. 

post #16 of 20

Another skier ran into me and I went down hard on the shoulder.  Broken humerus.

 

post #17 of 20

For me, the root cause has usually been fatigue. 

 

In order words, pilot error, but there wouldn't have been pilot error if I wasn't skiing when I was too fatigued to ski well under the circumstances. 

 

So I guess it was pilot error, and the error by the pilot was skiing fatigued. :words: 

post #18 of 20

To be fair, I've been taken down by all three, but only my pilot error last week ended up in a serious injury.

DAMMIT!

 

I did get launched out of my bindings when I got slammed into by a snowboarder many years ago.

post #19 of 20
Pilot error. Hit a small kicker on the side of a trail blind at a relatively high rate of speedand found midair that it was only the first in a series of jumps. Slammed dead on into the kicker of the second and crumpled into my poles, knees, and other hard objects. I came out of that with a black eye, bloody nose and lip, sore jaw and a probable concussion. Cracked my googles also. This was before the seriousness of concussions was realized, so I only sat to the side for 10-15 minutes with some snow as an ice pack to my battered face and kept on skiing the rest of the day.
post #20 of 20

I've never been seriously injured skiing (touching wood), a couple of broken wrists, a few broken ribs, possible broken thumb, cuts and bruises, mild concussions, a couple of dislocated shoulders.  That's about it. I answered the poll anyway.

 

All of my injuries were caused by me doing something I shouldn't have been doing, planting pole at too high speed, not looking where I was going  (looking up the trail I was about to ascend with enough speed to make it to the next trail merge) and hitting kicker, skiing too fast to slow down for wind ridge, skiing too fast in flat light and getting launched by unexpected mogul, carving around blind corner and needing to avoid three skiers skiing uphill, etc.  If I skied slowly, I probably could avoid injuries, but where's the fun in that?

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