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post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by Blues
A long time ago I learned that there are only two types of skiers; those who have fallen and those who will fall. Instructors seem to be able to pull off the great tumble....my favorite is the "Lawn Dart" with a runner up the "Maytag".
You forgot about the 3rd type of skier........ those who lie about it.
post #32 of 59
Lawn Dart makes sense, head in snow feet and skis in the air. Is a Maytag a "spin" down the hill???????:

Are there any other good descriptions of falls out there? Maybe we can start a list.
post #33 of 59
Saw an instructor take a rag doll tumble cruising the big groomer under the Solar Coaster lift at Blackcomb. He was seriously injured in the head/face area. It was a pretty bad scene. This was about 7-8 years ago I think.
post #34 of 59
No, I've never fallen. That move that blew out my ACL was a binding check!
post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by JohnH
No, I've never fallen. That move that blew out my ACL was a binding check!
*chuckle*

Dude, when I blew my ACL, it blew first; and then I crashed! Actually my skis rebounded when the weight came off them and they shot me 10 feet to the right, flipped me up and I came down on my L5. I didn't know my knee was wrecked until the next day when I went to check on the numbness in my back!
post #36 of 59

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My favorite personal crash would have to be when I was on my new Rossi 9S SLs in November last year during one of my first days on the snow that season- we were doing leapers when all of a sudden one of my tips dug into the snow, my bindings ejected, and I landed face first at the feet of the clinician in front of half a dozen of my peers. Exciting.
post #37 of 59

Of course we fall... (we just don't admit it!)

When I was working in NZ, it was customary that if an instr saw another instr fall, they'd holler "2 Jugs"! Every Friday evening, we'd gather at the local pub, and everyone would pay up the jugs of beer they owed for the week. For some, it was costly. For others, it was a cheap night!

Last Wednesday, I was at Copper Mtn, testing skis with a bunch of K2 reps. We had the hill to ourselves, as it had not yet opened to the public. First day out, new skis, about my 5th run or so. I had just swapped skis with another guy, and figured, "the bindings will be ok"... Famous last words... At about 40 MPH, I ejected out of both heels right in the middle of the steepest part of the hill. About 100 yds later, I slid to a stop. I guess I was lucky that a) there was no one else around me when the wheels fell off, and b) only about 5 guys got to see it! But hey! No harm, no foul!

Got that first fall of the season out of the way... Now it's time to have fun!
post #38 of 59
Plain and simple...YES!
post #39 of 59
I think it really comes down to what I'm teaching.. I've never bailed teaching a beginner or intermediate lesson.. But I work primarily as a race coach, and when I'm working with K1 (11-12 yrs) or K2 (13-14 yrs) I always ski and push myself as hard as I expect them to in the course or out, so I've taken some huge crashes..

post #40 of 59
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Originally Posted by ant
I have been smashed into by snowboarders while teaching on too many occasions, but if I see them coming, they tend to bounce off and I don't fall. It's the ones you don't see coming that cause the nastier falls.
My friend is a very, very good NCAA GS racer. When freeskiing, he wears his helmet that has a sticker across the back: "IF YOU HIT ME, YOU'D BETTER KILL ME, BECAUSE I'M GONNA KICK YOUR ASS!"
post #41 of 59
I know for a fact that instructors do fall over. When I was kid, I plowed one over while making my "pizza." He definitly went down.

-T
post #42 of 59
Gonna give myself away here-----In my early days of teaching we taught ski weeks and had a Nastar race for our students on Thursday. I had a low level Int. group and wanted to teach them a bit about the start. I explained the deal---got ready--and forgetting which pair of skis I was on--- did the usual kick and promptly released in both heals......That god I still had straps and not brakes---at least I brought my gear with me. Got up and told my group it was important to stay forward while racing.

As if that wasn't enough--at our Thursday night award party suddenly our big screen rolled out and I discovered our video guy was out fooling around just filming skiers and caught the whole thing which now got played for the 200 or so folks in the crowd.

I was given the always sought after "plumber of the week award"---a toilet plunger--to hang on to for the week--and had to buy beer which wiped out that weeks check.
post #43 of 59
Ant, I was told same thing happened to Ivo at Falls early this year. Told he tore an anterior ligament. Didn't seem to stop him with precision skiing.

When in Austria inLech 1970's if the instructor had a fall the drinks were on him. In the time I was there I don't think I ever witnessed an instructor shouting drinks.
post #44 of 59
Yeh, I am freinds with Ivo. He is currently recovering in Europe. He did it actually not skiing but on the POMA.
post #45 of 59
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Gonna give myself away here-----In my early days of teaching we taught ski weeks and had a Nastar race for our students on Thursday. I had a low level Int. group and wanted to teach them a bit about the start. I explained the deal---got ready--and forgetting which pair of skis I was on--- did the usual kick and promptly released in both heals......That god I still had straps and not brakes---at least I brought my gear with me.
Well, I thought I was the only one who had ever done that! I wasn't teaching at the time, but it was right under a lift. And I had brakes, so I went running down the course for a few yards before I could stop. And there were my skis, sitting calmly right at the start.

Good ole Looks... Always could ski them below my DIN...
post #46 of 59
Tanman, He's a Bloody good instructor
post #47 of 59
instructors never fall
post #48 of 59
At my home hill, we have a "fall list" posted, in which any unlucky instructor must fill in their name, date, and what they were doing that resulted in their fall.

As a coach/instructor, I've fallen plenty of times, though most of those are in gates, or while REALLY pushing the envelope in my technical free skiing. I might have had 1 fall a few years back in front of a group of a dozen teenage schoolkids, now that I think about it.

(If I go down on a hip and bounce back up right away, is that even a fall?)
post #49 of 59
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Originally Posted by ydnar
Can't think of the last time I fell to the inside of a turn. I go over the handle bars several times a season.
Particularly on a new ski/boot combo, I tend to boot out hard and hip slide several times in the first few days. Usually I put the inside edge back in and stand up attempting to act as if nothing happened.
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Also last year I had my right ski come off at about 50 mph, while I was trying to decide what to do my left ski came off, couldn't run that fast in ski boots.
LOL.
post #50 of 59
Way back when the instructor/chaperone for our Park and Rec ski club broke his ankle early in the season - and because he was the chaperone for our trips, he still had to go out with us on the bus three times a week for the rest of the season! At least we always had someone to sit with next to the fire in the chalet...

The first time I bragged to my instructor that I skied a whole day without falling, he shook his head in disappointment and said "I guess you didn't try anything new".
post #51 of 59
The greatest "falls" are those ones where you "slide" around the corner, put down a hip to help you get that really sharp turn and then just pop up... given all the snow that you throw up with your "manuver" most people never realize what you did.

My wife figured it out though and wouldn't let me live it down!
post #52 of 59
I agree with whoever said "if you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough."

Plus, so many of my students are afraid of falling, that I think it does them good to see me fall. If I can fall and laugh about it, they can too!
post #53 of 59
The more you fall, the more you learn...the harder you fall, the faster you learn.
post #54 of 59

gravity occurs

so, no I don't fall, I encounter localized areas of intense gravity. Otherwise known as black holes. I am most likely to encounter this phenomena when I'm talking to pretty girls in the lift line ;o)
post #55 of 59
Yep, if you eat it in uniform at my home mountain and another uniformed instructor sees you, you automatically owe the witness a beer. Furthermore, your witness can charge you a beer for each piece of equipment they bring down to you. Need assistance getting up? Yep, one more beer. As you can see, you can work the system to your advantage.

Do I fall? Well, no, you see it's the Snow Snakes that get me. They're always lurking in the wind-blown crust, ice, and heavy Sierra Cement patiently waiting to catch me off guard. Sneaky creature, the snow snake.
post #56 of 59
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Originally Posted by Rhys
Do Ski Instructors EVER fall over??
Only when our students crash into us! :

But seriously, I fall from time to time, usually because I am so focused on my client that I forget to pay attention to what I am doing. When I am teaching kids, they love it when I fall.

I have aslo taken some epic wipe-outs during training clinics and exams.
post #57 of 59

hmmm

Double ejected last season doing about 40mph in a training clinic..........the concussion....clouds my memory...but I think I fell.
post #58 of 59
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Originally Posted by Breckenridge Instructor
When I am teaching kids, they love it when I fall.
Yeah I biffed twice sunday. Once rail sliding the fun box and again launching off a nearly vertical kicker. I got cheers from the kids both times, "Look, He Fell, He Fell!"

8-)>
post #59 of 59
My instructor way-back-when I was doing Nastar clinics pulled a real nice one, he got hung up on a gate which somehow became attached to his ski...there was a huge ball of snow, then poles, a hat, and some goggles ejected from said ball of snow, and got strewn all over the course. I guess you had to be there. It so happened to be that 3 chairfuls of other instructors were on the way up to the top and saw the whole thing. I've never heard so much laughter before.

Funny thing is, a few years later this instructor and I were making some runs together as skiers, not instructor-student. Doing some side-by-side skiing on a nice, wide trail. Well I'm not really sure what happened, perhaps it was the result of small gnomes...I'm having fun mindin' my own business when he decided to hook and edge and come sailing right at me. Now I'm just about at the extreme edge of my turn, at the side of the trail. He manages to get it together, but apparently I got a little panicy and got a bit too close to the orange netting. It's amazing how quickly you spin around when your skitips gets caught in that stuff. It's rather springy too. Skis popped off and all, but not before I got dizzy.
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