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Anything worse than getting sick on a ski vacation?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Is there anything worse than getting sick on a ski vacation? Currently I am stuck in bed while the rest of club is enjoying Breckenridge, keystone or Vail. I did get in 2 days before getting stricken with this nasty bug that feels like my head is going to explode. At times I wish it would just to put me out of my misery. This is day 2 in bed, I got 2 more days left before heading home. Hopefully I will feel good enough for at least one of those days.

So if you got sick on vacation, please tell me your horror stories to help me feel better. You know, misery loves company!

Rick G
post #2 of 27
Missed a Vallee Blanch day because of the flu. That sucked.
post #3 of 27

8 days at Vail for my birthday. Felt something coming on the morning of the flight out. Skied the first day OK but felt things getting worse. Second day skied like crap and quit at lunchtime. Third day laid around the condo feeling really sick. Fourth day pulled the plug and flew home early. Happy Birthday to Me!

 

Get well quickly!

post #4 of 27
This is probably worse than just getting sick...

http://www.epicski.com/t/132578/corbets-giveth-and-corbets-taketh-away
post #5 of 27

Only ailments to ever make me late, leave early, and/or ski like crap were self inflicted, hangovers, minor injuries, and hangovers.  Did I mention hangovers?  Thankfully they didn't last long when I was young.  By mid morning I was usually fine again.  That said, I don't drink these days.

post #6 of 27
On a once in a life time, talked about for twenty years, trip with my daughter to go hiking in Austria while I still had the body to do it, I ended up in the hospital and after the surgery wasn't allowed to exert myself for three weeks. It was prior to her beginning grad school and I realized it was our last chance, as by the time she could do it again, I wouldn't be up to it. Lesson: don't wait until it's the "last chance". :-(

We ended up having some nice times, but it wasn't the stuff we planned on.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

This is probably worse than just getting sick...

http://www.epicski.com/t/132578/corbets-giveth-and-corbets-taketh-away

Well that made me feel a tad better.

Rick G
Edited by rickg - 2/11/15 at 5:26pm
post #8 of 27
Back when the kids were young we went on a trip with another family. They started getting some sort of 24 or 48 hour stomach bug. The odd thing was they got it in series rather than all at once, and luckily my family stayed healthy.

Finally there was a day when everyone could ski. At the end of the day we were remarking what a relief it was to get through the wave of illness.

The elementary school aged daughter volunteers "actually I didn't feel too good today."
"Oh, sorry we didn't realize."
"That's okay, I just threw up over the side of the chairlift. "
post #9 of 27

I feel for you. :(  I got a horrible case of the full-blown flu in 1996 on a 6 day trip to Whistler. Skied 3 then laid up for 3. The drive back to Seattle was sheer torture. Everybody said I was being a wuss, until they came down with it about a week later. We blamed it on all the Germans on the ski bus up ;)

post #10 of 27
I got some kind of hellish cold while traveling alone by train from Bode, Norway to Paris. I was sick as a dog, the train was packed with European kids on break, there was no water, and I was practically delirious by the time German border officers came through the train to check passports in the middle of the night. Fortunately a guy in my cabin took pity and shared a room with me in a B&B in Paris's red light district, where I recovered enough to make my way to a hostel an hour or two south of Paris and splurged on cheese and baguettes and olives while I recuperated.

Oh, and the American boyfriend I'd met in York, England a month earlier stood me up in Paris. Lucky for me I was still to sick to care.

@rickg, get well soon--drink more water than you think you can stand and find a hot tub to simmer in and you'll be fine!
post #11 of 27

I got Montezuma's Revenge while in Valle Nevado on a pow day. I drank a bunch of Pepto Bismal, and crossed my fingers and went skiing. Luckily nothing serious happened on the slopes. I was back to my old self the next day, which was a really great pow day.

post #12 of 27

I am prone to chest colds/bronchitis in the winter.  There have been a few times where I was coughing a lung out, but still just did the best I could.  You need to toughen up.:duck:

post #13 of 27
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I am prone to chest colds/bronchitis in the winter.  There have been a few times where I was coughing a lung out, but still just did the best I could.  You need to toughen up.:duck:


There are only five-ish months available to ski, but twelve months available to get sick and recover. Might as well ski when you can, even if you're sick!

post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
It would have been dangerous for me to ski the way I felt yesterday and today. A mere cold or cough would not have stopped me. This is much worse. But I am starting to feel a bit better. I might be able to get out for a bit tomorrow.

Rick G
post #15 of 27

Getting severely injured right before ski season starts. Snapped my scapula and a couple of ribs in half a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I had my first PT sessions this morning. Still hoping to get some use out of my season pass.

post #16 of 27
Hope you feel better soon! I've had the horrible head cold/sinus infection for a week+ now and I'm dying to get out.
post #17 of 27

I got REALLY stoned the first night I spent on Kauai, tripped and fell down a staircase twisting my ankle.  Instead of pulling into perfect barrels at Hanalei the next day  I limped around the pool deck with a beer in my hand. Luckily I got my mojo back before I had to leave.

 

Then another time coming back from Cayman Brac I had the flu to end all flues. I had a temp of 104 going through Miami Customs - they though I was under the influence and wanted to do a more thorough search but my sweet wife convinced them otherwise. I was in bed for two weeks after that. So glad I wasn't stuck on the island then.

 

My wife spent a whole week with the flu on our annual Jay Peak trip. We were staying at her Mother's place so I went skiing every day and my Mother in Law took care of her baby girl.

 

That's why I got sick in The Caymans - Karma's a bitch!

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Is there anything worse than getting sick on a ski vacation? 

A few years back a few instructor friends went to Vail on vacation.  On the second day they came to a bump run and after the run one of the members was beaming and said it was the best run of his life... Then dropped dead on the spot of a heart attack.  I guess you could say that's worse.  He was 40 years old with a young family.  Absolute true story. 

post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by vindibona1 View Post
 

A few years back a few instructor friends went to Vail on vacation.  On the second day they came to a bump run and after the run one of the members was beaming and said it was the best run of his life... Then dropped dead on the spot of a heart attack.  I guess you could say that's worse.  He was 40 years old with a young family.  Absolute true story. 


Holy.Crap.

post #20 of 27

6 years ago my buddy blew out his knee on our first day of a trip to Utah.  Each day when I finished skiing he got grouchier and grouchier when I told him about my day...

 

 

 

Last year a different buddy pulled an abdominal muscle on the very first run of our weeklong trip to VT by trying to grab his board on a small jump. He tougher it out that day on Okeemo, but ended up cracking 2 ribs at Killington the next day b/c he kept riding and should not have been.

 

 

Lesson for me is that bad luck can happen any time, but don't compound it by trying to ski when you shouldn't.

 

Of course, I ignored my own advice 5 years ago when I broke my middle toe on my right foot 10 days before my wife and I went to Tahoe. Doc said it wouldn't cause further injury to ski on it and my ski boot would protect it, but it would hurt a lot. And hurt it did. But a vicodin at breakfast plus 2 more pills and 2 jack and cokes at lunch made me feel bulletproof, and I got pushed through it, albeit on simpler trails and less challenging terrain b/c I didn't want to kill myself or anyone else by my S.U.I. (skiing under influence)

post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by vindibona1 View Post

A few years back a few instructor friends went to Vail on vacation.  On the second day they came to a bump run and after the run one of the members was beaming and said it was the best run of his life... Then dropped dead on the spot of a heart attack.  I guess you could say that's worse.  He was 40 years old with a young family.  Absolute true story. 

yep that's worse
post #22 of 27

Of course, there are plenty of worse things...like dropping dead of a heart attack on the slope.

 

That said, I agree that getting knocked down by illness on a ski trip is still up there on the list of things that suck.  I do't remember the year, but I went to Tahoe not feeling so great on the plane out, and when I got up the next day, I was nearly non-functional.  It ended up being one of the worst cases of the flu I've ever had!

 

I tried a day at Heavenly, but I was so weak that I had to leave after 2 lackluster runs.  I once skied the rest of the day with a badly broken finger before, too!  Not this crud, tho.  Went to a S. Lake Tahoe Doc, got some middling meds and advice, and stayed in bed for I think 3 days until I felt I could drive to Reno.  I then changed flights and flew home.

 

Worst.  Vacation.  Ever.

post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

Of course, there are plenty of worse things...like dropping dead of a heart attack on the slope.

Yes, plenty of worse things...

 

  Vomiting in zero g

  Getting your foot stuck between two rocks while climbing alone in the backcountry

  Being filmed on someone's cell phone getting drunk, snorting coke and going completely off the rails two days before an election you were supposed to win

  Getting your take-off and flight way wrong and coming in like a lawn dart on a prepared, hard terrain feature

  Watching an engine fall off the jet you're taking to SLC...while you're at 30,000 ft

  Coming back from your ski vacation and discovering why your wife and your best friend didn't want to go with you

 

This could go on indefinitely. Getting sick while on the Ski Vacation Of A Lifetime really, really sucks, but there are so many things that are much worse.

post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
Getting sick while on the Ski Vacation Of A Lifetime really, really sucks, but there are so many things that are much worse.

 

No Shit.

Dude, lighten the f**k up.....seriously.

 

I thought this was a thread about getting sick or injured on a ski trip.  I'm sitting out damn near the entire season due to injury right now.  That's worse, but even that is far, far, far from the worst thing to happen to me even in my very own life.  ...and my own pretty cushy life doesn't even include the horrible things that happen to other people every second of the day somewhere.

 

O-K, folks, no more tales of getting sick or injured on a ski trip, because it's not as bad as what has happened or what could happen to someone else somewhere else at some other time.

post #25 of 27
Over reacting?
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
 

Yes, plenty of worse things...

 

This could go on indefinitely. Getting sick while on the Ski Vacation Of A Lifetime really, really sucks, but there are so many things that are much worse.

 

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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

 

O-K, folks, no more tales of getting sick or injured on a ski trip, because it's not as bad as what has happened or what could happen to someone else somewhere else at some other time.

 

I'd say that the top of the list here among EpicSki members is likely the person that started a thread here a couple years ago all excited because they qualified for NASTAR Nationals.  They were asking for advice on mounting bindings on a new pair of skis for the races.  A couple weeks later we learned that poor soul got off the chairlift at the venue, lost a ski on the way to the race run, hit a tree and died right there..  True story :(

/> end thread..

post #27 of 27

Didn't realize this thread derailed but I just wanted to share my story which hasn't come to an end yet:

 

Exactly 2 weeks before my long awaited Snowbird trip with my good ski bud (we take one trip a year together) I was playing tennis and twisted my knee. I immediately crumpled to the ground and my very first thought was "How long till I go to Snowbird?" My next thought was "Maybe I can walk this off". It was a competitive quarterfinal tournament match and I was winning so I waited a few minutes and tried to keep playing. So dumb!!! Played one game on one leg.  The next game I made one wrong move, felt a pop, went down again, writhed a little, then called it quits. Limped to my car, went home, and put ice on it. That was 8 days ago and Ive been icing, elevating, compressing, and Ibuprofening the crap out of it ever since. The pain is gone, the knee feels stable, but still some swelling and reduced range of motion. So today, at work, I gave myself a cortisone injection. Now some (my wife and family) say I'm crazy to even think about trying to ski this Sunday. I told them that I am crazy, crazy for skiing. I bought an awesome knee brace and lets see how this plays out...

 

Agreen

 

Oh and its not the worst thing in the world

 

I didn't see that last post, sorry, should have started a different thread. my bad

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