I've had a handful of bad bailouts, most of them at local mountains. A handful of them could have been horribly worse, but ended up being pretty minor. I've only had one bailout that has really impacted a season.
My first biggie was doing a tuck run at my local bump (Pats Peak), on a Friday afternoon 5 or 6 years ago. Back then I was rockin the 163 noob sticks, which I fear skiing on today (afraid that I'll pull the bindings out of another pair). I was going a good 45 or 50 on their Cyclone trail and there was a gaggle of goose-lings traversing the bottom section like the little ones always do. The bottom section is rather blind if the snow is built up the right way, and lets just say I came around the corner and had no where to go but the woods to avoid killing one of them. Yardsaled all over the place, was out for probably a good minute. Woke up covered in blood with an instructor telling me to wait and that patrol was on their way. I got up, threw my skis back on, and went off to the lodge to clean myself up. (Luckily) Ended up being nothing major, just face scratches.
I had an incident three seasons ago when I started racing. During my mid winter break I took a friend of mine to Loon. On the fifth or sixth run we ran upper to lower Flume. The place was deserted, and we decided to have a little fun on the lip that Haulback (the trail that divides the two mid way) forms. I was on my GS boards, and got some sweet air. Upon landing smoothly on my edges, I extended my inside arm to "bird" out for my transition (as I would during a GS race). My inside pole hit a massive, and I mean MASSIVE (2' diameter) deathcookie. As a result, my inside hand came flying back to my face and ripped my upper lip apart. The pole ejected (Leki Triger), and I came to a skidding stop while gushing blood. Not a fun way to start the day. Two weeks later I ran a SL race at Gunstock with the same friend. During my second run, probably 20 gates in, my outside edge slipped out, went wide on a turn, and took the gate to the face, hitting me right where my pole had ripped open my lip two weeks earlier. My face literally exploded with blood, and I had to slow down 20 gates from the finish to spit out some blood. The bib was so drenched they said that they were going to retire it. After that, my mom suggested that I not go skiing with that friend again (atleast alone) ;) Laughed at both of the lip wounds in a freak way right after they happened. People at the finish though that I was crazy.
Two seasons ago (08-09), I was at Attitash (with my best friend), and we decided to run Illusion on longboards (for me it was my SG Dobermanns that for some reason were sitting in my car, for him a pair of 185 Blizzards). I checked our bindings beforehand to make sure that FP issues wouldn't cause any problems on the jumps, and that everything would be set for the hard landings. On the flatsection jump I released upon an almost picture perfect landing on DIN15. One ski came off, causing me to fall. Luckly the other ski didn't twist my leg off during the slide. Was fine to ski right after, but wasn't too happy with snow going down my back.
The one fall that I have had that has impacted my season was last season at Okemo at my opening GS race. I was on the custom GS boards, and doing quite fine on them during the my first run. The race was on Wardance, which gets rather wide towards the middle/lower section, which allows for some fast wide SG like turns. On this section, no more than 10 or 15 gates from the finish, my skis started to over flex and started to snap back on me. On one fast turn they finally snapped back and ejected me 6 feet in the air. I somersaulted mid air and slid a gate and a half afterwards. Funny thing is is that there was a photographer, and I fell right as he was taking shots. Sadly he didn't upload the in air action photos, just the picture of the last gate I hit before going airbourne. I ended up tearing my MCL from that fall, and couldn't walk for a week. Didn't "seem" to have issues skiing on it, but in reality it did a number on my tec abilities. I still have issues with it today, and every week or so I have to take a two to three day break from running due to the pain.
As for the funny stuff, I had a fall at Pats Peak one time on one of their novice trails (lower Tornado) right underneath the lift. My friends and I were screwing around and I was trying to get the hardest angle possible on the flats. Got real low, and you can just imagine what happened. Just picture Ted Ligety turning a hard angle then falling completely on his side. Priceless. I don't think I have ever been as embarrassed in my entire life while skiing.
I have had a few times where I would be hopping around in the lift lines up and down on my skis and I either a) ejected accidentally and ate crap on the person in front of me or b) lose my balance and fall onto the liftline ropes. I have had a handful of other epic phails in the lift lines, the type of stuff that I headdesked over. Thankfully half the time when I'm screwing around I'm with my friends and I dress/act like an artard when I get to the bottom (put my helmet on upside down or make the grand canyon gape, make loud and unnecessary grunts while using poles to move in the lift line, etc, etc), so its a tad more acceptable.
Edited by Rise To The Top - 6/29/10 at 7:16pm