In the vein of another recent thread on crashing into trees, I'd want to share my theory about how / why it happened. . .
You see, I had been demo'ing a pair of Elan Amphibio 88's with the outside edge rocker for the previous 8-10 runs. It was the end of the day. I had just swapped back into my own no-rocker skis (67 cm waist GS skis) and was a little tired, down the last run of the day, thinking about lugging the four sets of family members equipment back to the minivan. As approached my kids, rotating into a very relaxed hockey stop that was more sideslip than grip, at a speed so slow I did not think it would be possible to break a bone... the next thing I knew I had caught an outside edge and was on lying on my face. However, unlike the typical fall where you sort of slide a ways down the hill as you come to a stop, where the majority of your inertia is parallel to the surface your skiing on, I took the full on impact of a "parking lot" fall on my face.
To add insult to injury, my oh-so-compact glasses, which would normally have flown off my face, instead got sandwiched by my googles and went right into my eye socket. As the ophthalmologist explained it, if you push on your eyeball with the lens of your glasses, the pressure has to go somewhere, so I was actually lucky given the situation to blow out my orbital wall, otherwise it might have been a ruptured eyeball.
So why the title about Amphibio's? Well, conditions on the hill were typical 40-ish degree crud with melt-off from a solid base of man made NY snow. Just the right stuff to grab your edge, but not deep enough to cushion you from the ice underneath. There were no ruts (I went back and checked), just normal soft corn and slush. All that afternoon I had been cruising over it like nothing on the Amphibio's, relaxing my typical hard driving carve for a more pleasantly laid back easy ride. Much to the appreciation of my quads and back. But in my failure to account for the unforgiving nature of my own gear, I learned the hard way just how much the Amphibio's had been doing to keep me upright in my newly adopted "easy" stance.
Which left me with two take-aways:
(1) After a lifetime of skiing with glasses, I'm switching to contacts. Because even with an OTG pair of googles, modern goggles are not designed for impacts, and when they flex there is no place for your glasses to go in a fall (I think if I had been wearing my 20 year old Scott Ultimate OTG goggles I would have probably walked away in better shape- too bad the foam disintegrated on them about two years ago).
(2) The next deal I see on a pair of Amphibio's, I'm all over it.
Plus a wonderful example of how a combination of the little things can cause big injuries when taken for granted at the wrong moment.