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Head first into the trees

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well - some real fast, big GS turns down sunday punch at sunday river - a little too close to the edge ...and the next thing I know I am off my feet going head first into the woods - no helmet. :
I threw my hands up and thought I was dead at the speed I was going.....somehow came to a stop at the bottom of a ditch in the woods - 20 feet or so from the trail - missed every tree in my way - got away with clipping a stump and going through some bushes.....my back is killing me (bone bruise, fracture -I dont know), but it could have been a lot worse.
post #2 of 20
any thoughts on wearing a helmet from now on?
glad you walked away.
post #3 of 20
Sounds like you got lucky, I'm happy to hear you were able to walk away!
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
yup - I had a small crowd gawking when I stood up - they all started saying how I was lucky to be alive and everyone said WEAR A HELMET.

Lets just say that I am that much closer to buying one - used to wear them for racing but have never been comfortable off course with one - this scared me enough so I might switch.
post #5 of 20
sounds like you should change your EPIC name to "godwithaustin"
post #6 of 20
someone just got killed at jay peak-crashed his face into a tree, went for 60 more feet. he was wearing a helmet
post #7 of 20
Glad to hear that you made it out safetly. I'll echo the helmet recomendation if you like to ski fast or in the trees. There are times when a helmet won't save you, but it can sure help in other situations.
post #8 of 20
Glad you walked away. That should be your wakeup call.
post #9 of 20
Glad to hear you made it out okay. However, (just to be a cynic, and yes, I wear a helmet!) if you had gone head-long into a tree or rock, a helmet would not have saved you. Had you spun a bit and glanced a tree with the side of your head, a helmet would have made all the difference.
post #10 of 20
I was at Vail this weekend hucking some cliffs way out in the trees. Helmets also help on tight traverses in the trees to get those pesky pine branches out of the way.

WHACK! BONK! SKRASH! (I think to myself, "Wow, that would have hurt with no helmet!")

I found some pine needles embedded in the vents of my helmet today.

Oh, and please ski within your abilities. If you had taken someone out in your post-crash slide, I would be very unsympathetic. Good that you had the sense to stay out of the way on the edge of the trail.
post #11 of 20
Was this Saturday or Sunday? What part of the trail was it? Upper, middle, lower?

Both days there were some nasty runs. I thought Sunday Punch actually had some pretty good coverage compared to some other runs but it did have some ice patches here and there.

Now if you went skiing over on Aurora, Oz, and Jordan you would have seen some serious ice.
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Scalce I skied both days - saturday was pretty lousy - sunday was nice -good snow - I stayed over on Locke, Spruce and Barker mostly



Does anyone have any experience with wrenching their back after a crash like this? I'm wondering if the pain around my spine is normal muscle soreness or something motr serious -like maybe a compression fracture - how the heck do I tell?
post #13 of 20
All I know is I went down on my hip and slammed on some ice. Even at a slow speed it still hurt like a mutha.

I was turning to tell one of my beginner friends to be careful of ice and as I said that I slid out.

Funny that I ski on blacks and doubles with ice all day and wipeout on a green.

I got my friends to ski down 3D on North peak which is normally a bumped blue but yesterday it had some serious pitch with icey bumps. They both made it down like champs so I was happy they are getting into harder terrain.

I saw these two idiots ,who obviously were not good skiers, standing at the top of Vortex which I think is a double. I looked down it and it was all ice and rock. I could have skied it but why would I want to.

I told the guys they could swing down and around to end up at the middle of the trail. They both said that they were having issues on another run that was icey.

So what do they do? They ski down it. Or should I say slide down it.

and people wonder why there are accidents
post #14 of 20
get that back checked out by a Doc. Don't mess around with a back or injury to your spine. I once took a fall off the flying bridge of a sportfishing boat hit the hand rail before I went over the side. Hurt my back but I thought it was just a bad bruise and didn't go see a doctor right away. My Back hurt for a day then it locked up on me. The next day, when I got out of bed the pain was so bad I fainted. My roommate found me on the floor. Rushed me to the Emergancy room. I had some swelling on my spinal cord. pinched a nerve and deep tissue bruising. I was pretty much flat on my back for about 2 weeks could walk but in pain for another 30 days.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by nancie2k
someone just got killed at jay peak-crashed his face into a tree, went for 60 more feet. he was wearing a helmet

Does anyone have any details about this?
Date? Trail? ....ect.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by godwinaustin
Does anyone have any experience with wrenching their back after a crash like this? I'm wondering if the pain around my spine is normal muscle soreness or something motr serious -like maybe a compression fracture - how the heck do I tell?
Go to the doctor, dude! Backs are nothing to mess with. I'm glad that you're relatively ok. There was some nasty ice under some good powder that just took your skis if you hit it wrong.
post #17 of 20
Like Utah said "DON'T MESS WITH YOUR BACK" .I had a serious back injury in Sept 97 , it felt bad but being a male with an ego I figured I'll just work off the pain and muscle pull with a little exercise and hard work , I can't stress enough how dumb an idea that was. Initial injury on a Wed. woke up following Sat. with no feeling from waist down , followed up with surgery and left with permanent damage.
Get it checked .............if it's only minor strain thats great but if it's more the sooner it's dealt with the better.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
Just scheduled an xray -keeping my fingers crossed!


everything feels OK - but as you guys pointed out - that can be misleading - and I am heading to vail on friday so the last thing I need is to be hucking a cliff out in east vail and then realizing I have a compression fracture that just got a lot worse.....


maybe I'll just wear a full body cast while skiing from now on
post #19 of 20
Well thats one way to keep a quiet upperbody
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by godwinaustin
yup - I had a small crowd gawking when I stood up - they all started saying how I was lucky to be alive and everyone said WEAR A HELMET.

Lets just say that I am that much closer to buying one - used to wear them for racing but have never been comfortable off course with one - this scared me enough so I might switch.
I got a helmet at the beginning of the season and although I haven't hit anything with it yet, it's plenty warm and so light I forget it's there sometimes. Get youself a good one and you'll never look back.
You were very lucky, hope your back is OK.
For the record, it was quite icy over much of Sugarloaf on Saturday, big crowds due to the boardercross competition. I skied under some snow guns in my quest for fresh pow, made all the more exciting : by the kickers tthe boarders had built in mid-trail, hidden by the spray until I was right on top of them.
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