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Steamboat, the good and the bad

post #1 of 14
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Not another thread about technical terrain, snow conditions, or comparisons to...

 

Lets get the bad out of the way.  On April 6, the morning of our first full day on the hill, my 14 year old son broke his arm. Not garden variety. Snapped his humorous bone, down for the count.  Three days later, we were out with a plate and ten screws.  As unfortunate as the event was, I am not sure we could have encountered better people.  

 

Right after the event, Ski Patrol met me at the top of the lift so I could take them to him.  Not one person but four professionals.  They had a friendly veneer over a core of all business.

 

After assessing my sons health, the ambulance guys wanted to know, "if he had a good story."  It was just what he needed.

 

The people at the Yampa Valley Medical Center were every bit as kind.  All the way from the ER doctor to the fantastic nurses.  I wish I were at liberty to name names.

 

I can understand the "that is what they are supposed to do.." or "they do it all the time.." opinions.  However, we all know that repetition can lead to complacency and going through the motions.  That was not the case with our experience.  These people truly care.

 

So, while I certainly hope it doesn't happen to you, rest assured that if it does, you are in good hands.

 

Thanks again to all that helped our family.

post #2 of 14

Come on back and create some new good memories next season!  Yes, I have been have been sledded off the mountain myself and have had a friend taken off the mountain as well.  Top notch folks there from the Mountain to the ER and beyond. Did you get the black, tricked out Suburban Ambulance ride over to YVMC ER?  :D  nicest ambulance rider ever.....

post #3 of 14

My wife needed Steamboat Ski Patrol for a minor injury, they were amazing and really made her feel good about the situation.  Lots of good folks in Steamboat!

 

Glad to hear your son has a "good story" for the memoirs ;)

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

Come on back and create some new good memories next season!  Yes, I have been have been sledded off the mountain myself and have had a friend taken off the mountain as well.  Top notch folks there from the Mountain to the ER and beyond. Did you get the black, tricked out Suburban Ambulance ride over to YVMC ER?  :D  nicest ambulance rider ever.....

 

I remember that...

 

post #5 of 14

nice, 3 surgeries later.....  :D

post #6 of 14

We hope to be there next season for our group trip.

 

Finn, If you happen to get over to your favorite dining establishment (Bistro CV), If you can, stick your head into the kitchen and say hi to Chereen (my niece) and if you make it to Butcherknife, Say Hi to Rob Schwartz (her S.O.)

post #7 of 14
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We hope to be there next season for our group trip.

 

Finn, If you happen to get over to your favorite dining establishment (Bistro CV), If you can, stick your head into the kitchen and say hi to Chereen (my niece) and if you make it to Butcherknife, Say Hi to Rob Schwartz (her S.O.)

 

 

Will Do!  Chereen is usually out on the line.  She is awesome.  I think she also came up with the recipe for the biscuits over at "Low Country" which are the best ever.  We saw her on easter.  We always sit at the chefs table to watch the show.  

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by RustySixgun View Post
 

Not another thread about technical terrain, snow conditions, or comparisons to...

 

Lets get the bad out of the way.  On April 6, the morning of our first full day on the hill, my 14 year old son broke his arm. Not garden variety. Snapped his humorous bone, down for the count.  Three days later, we were out with a plate and ten screws.  As unfortunate as the event was, I am not sure we could have encountered better people.  

 

Right after the event, Ski Patrol met me at the top of the lift so I could take them to him.  Not one person but four professionals.  They had a friendly veneer over a core of all business.

 

After assessing my sons health, the ambulance guys wanted to know, "if he had a good story."  It was just what he needed.

 

The people at the Yampa Valley Medical Center were every bit as kind.  All the way from the ER doctor to the fantastic nurses.  I wish I were at liberty to name names.

 

I can understand the "that is what they are supposed to do.." or "they do it all the time.." opinions.  However, we all know that repetition can lead to complacency and going through the motions.  That was not the case with our experience.  These people truly care.

 

So, while I certainly hope it doesn't happen to you, rest assured that if it does, you are in good hands.

 

Thanks again to all that helped our family.


Big Kudos to the pros that make a bad situation better :beercheer:

 

And a big kudos to you for reporting the positive experience in (what could have been) a crappy situation. 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by RustySixgun View Post
 

 

Lets get the bad out of the way.  On April 6, the morning of our first full day on the hill, my 14 year old son broke his arm. Not garden variety. Snapped his humorous bone, down for the count.  Three days later, we were out with a plate and ten screws.  As unfortunate as the event was, I am not sure we could have encountered better people.  

 

.....

 

The people at the Yampa Valley Medical Center were every bit as kind.  All the way from the ER doctor to the fantastic nurses.  I wish I were at liberty to name names.

 

......

 

Too bad on your son and wish him a speedy painless healing.  I can say the patrol and folks at Steamboat is really why we kept coming back. Early trip once our eldest had a melt down after we allowed her to ski well past her energy reserves. Ski patrol just came up, called in a snowmobile and hauled her and I down the hill. Said rather give us a ride, telling jokes and making her happy than us try and coax her down for and then injure herself ..

 

our second had two incidents, once a twisted knee and then another skier pegging her - luckily lightly. Twisted knee did have her and her aunt ride the black limo! Patrol, triage shack and ER were great! no issue, but they insisted and even said .. "hey, don't worry, the ride is free". I don't know if this is normal but it saved us from finding a ride for her and given they thought she was ok but should be double checked, thought pretty generous. The other she rode a sled but was released after the formal triage check at the base near the old Christy lift.

 

But yes! great folk all over the hill and top notch on the patrol through ER. Happy knowledgeable folk!

post #10 of 14

Great stories All, Thanks for sharing.

 

These are the stories that remind me to ALWAYS thank the patrollers when they ride up the chair with me. I'm sure it's often a thankless job. I ride the chair solo (singles lines) a lot when I'm out skiing on my own and often get joined by a ski patrol that is headed up the mountain. I'm always happy to see them out there and my common parting with them is not "Have a great day!" but "Have an uneventful day" It's got to be a tough job. I've had my share of needing to use them. (students, just people I come across, and even for myself (unfortunately)). Regardless of where I ski, however,  I have almost always found the patrollers to be professional and courteous. Usually very upbeat in some of the worst conditions and during many people's worst moments.

 

DC

post #11 of 14
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No tricked out black ambulance for us.  He had potential nerve damage so they brought in the industrial red beast.

 

The whole experience was so bizarre that I don't even feel like we were there.  Thinking about sneaking out there this summer for a taste.  One of the nurses is a big mountain biker and said that the riding was a good or better than the skiing.

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Originally Posted by RustySixgun View Post
 

No tricked out black ambulance for us.  He had potential nerve damage so they brought in the industrial red beast.

 

The whole experience was so bizarre that I don't even feel like we were there.  Thinking about sneaking out there this summer for a taste.  One of the nurses is a big mountain biker and said that the riding was a good or better than the skiing.

 

yep! fantastic riding here.  Mtn, DH and road.  Unless you are at the resort which has lift served trails, just be prepared to climb! (and a lot of people still ride up the mountain too) :D  One thing you need to know is that people who live up in mountain areas tend to be in incredible shape so always be careful when someone says, "that trail is great, its not much of a climb"  I always qualify those statements.  One "beginner" trail here is a 10.4 mile (out/back) 1500' gain trail (that's really over about 3.5 miles) add in altitude.   Summer and fall at the boat is even better than winter and this is coming from a pretty die-hard skier.  Summer is amazing a fantastic time to come up. There's some kind of festival almost every weekend, lodging is cheap too.  some fantastic hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding , fly-fishing and much more in addition to hundreds of miles of mtn biking and great road biking on scenic 2 lane roads.  Lots of outdoor dining and the happy hour scene at steamboat is legendary. 

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

people who live up in mountain areas tend to be in incredible shape

 

Yep, Finndog is in incredible shape............for his age :duel:

 

:D

post #14 of 14
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Yep, Finndog is in incredible shape............for his age :duel:

 

:D

 

 

LOL, thanks but, I'm in really terrible shape right now. even for my advanced years  :D

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