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post #1 of 20
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OK, so my 15-year-old and I were driving up to Smuggs early Saturday Morning. I barely felt like going, the score was 51-49, but I am a weekend patroller so I figured just do a day, get the number. I even packed a novel in my patrol pack figuring I would just sit in the top shack and waste the day reading. It was bare ground in my yard and, even though the forecast had said snow overnight, none was to be found. Sure enough, no snow in anybody elses' yard as we're driving. BUT then we reach Cambridge, NEW SNOW on the ground, we reach Smuggler's Notch and WHOA! a foot or more of FRESH POWDER! We skied our brains out, no stopping for coffee, no stopping for breakfast special. First Track Freshies every run. It was freaking WESTERN, brothers and sisters! It was the best day, the very best.

Now come we to about 11 AM, we were hugging the edges for untracked. I spot a set of tracks ducking a snow fence onto a closed trail. I better check it out, I thought, and there I was: 2nd set of tracks in foot-deep. I was S-ing my way down when KEE-RASH!, I was down and screaming. It seems that someone had left a grind rail on the trail, on its side, invisible under the new snow and wouldn't you know I hit it just right and down I went, no warning, ho hand out to protect myself. I took the foot plate in the back. It actually hit my patrol pack or I'd be in the spinal ward. As it was, I took it low and on the side off the pack an I'm a hurting dude. I said a lot of bad words. Since I was on a closed trail, nobody was around. A dude heard me yelling and walked up, but I was getting up by then. I made my was down, got checked out. No peeing or spitting blood, but I stiffened up pretty good. Made my way home, spent yesterday trying to find a position of comfort. Hurts like hell to cough or laugh. So brothers and sisters, it was the worst day, the very worst.
post #2 of 20
All in one day, You lived two days!
Get well!
post #3 of 20
You're my H E R O!
post #4 of 20
It was amazing how nice Smuggs was up the hill, even though the valley looked cooked.

Glad you hit the fresh, Mr. PotatoeHead, but really sorry about the end part. That did eptomize the problem, though - the fresh was not on the best of bases, and there was STUFF under the fluff. The on-piste, however, was superb all day. On Sunday, the upper mountains (Madonna and Sterling) had ice patches on the steeper areas, but the lower mountain (Morse) was sweet on-piste all day long (nothing steep there!)

Here's hoping for another dose of that!

Get well, PH. My rotation is at Sterling this coming weekend, so let me know if you'll be in the patrol shack.
post #5 of 20
Just saw the doctor. He said "Mr PotatoeHead, your ski season is over." He suspects rib fracture, couldn't confirm because XRay was closed. There is no real treatment, but he said if I fell on it again, I could risk liver laceration.

Poor Mr PotatoeHead.
post #6 of 20
Vail Colorado: China Bowl..Its hard to pick one out one of the 5 days that it snowed while I was out there, But I have to say the day when it snowed two and a half feet was the best.  I felt like I was in a Warren Miller movie with large "powder puffs" blinding me.  It didnt matter if I couldnt see...there was about 500 acres of untracked snow in fromt of me and I was able to ski by feel and not by sight....what a feeling..Champagne Powder all the way down all day long.  The sun was blocked by the other side of the bowl so it was fresh through and through all day long.  I still dream about it and everything compares to that day for me...to that vaca for me.....but the worst day...

I was at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.  This was before they had renovated the entire mountain, added trails, replaced and added all new high speed lifts.  I was in the "Sun Bowl" going up thier old, but now replaced, 4 passenger lift.  Was about half way up the lift on a 15 degree day when all of a sudden and not out of the ordinary, the lift stops.....for 2.5 hours before they have to evacuate us from the lift.  Turns out I was on the lift with my eye doctor from home in Connecticut....what a cooincidence!....geez...what a bad day.

Either way...if you are going home after a long day of skiing or if you need to hang your skis up for the summer go to www.bordzup.com and order your snowsports rack for storage right obn the site so you may rack your skis/boards!!
post #7 of 20

Best day: When I was a kid, finally figuring out how to ski powder while getting first tracks after 2 days of heavy snow. The sky cleared to bluebird as I was going up the lift, I dropped in and somehow something clicked, I remember grinning like an idiot amazed thinking “omg I actually doing it, I’m skiing powder!” My run took me under the lift and there were people cheering as I got the first tracks which was pretty cool since I bet almost every person wished they were me right then, the skiing camaraderie was nice to see.

I’ve had better skiing and better snow but that stands out as the best day because the feeling of everything coming together at a great moment was so good. It’s like in an interview I read some time ago; they asked a pro what the best  trick he’d ever done was and he said his first 360 because after so much trying and crashing the feeling of finally sticking it and skiing away trumped everything he had done since.

 

Worst day: very pretty mild compared with any crash stories. When I was a kid, an icy hardpack day at the start of the season with some used skis (but new to me) that I’d only used a few times my parents had made a big deal about buying me. I was falling and slipping all over the show and I finished early totally demoralised with my dad telling me “a bad workmen blames his tools”. I finally got him to get them base ground and edges reset and suddenly I could ski again because they had been base high Not a big deal now but I remember as a kid feeling horrible and useless.

post #8 of 20
I would have to say my best day of skiing was a 10 day period west last year...2 days with Steamboat PowderCats courtesy of K2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon then 7 days in Montana with ESA at Big Sky and Bridger. There was just 1 day when I didn't fresh snow. There are various days over the years...but this trip sooo stood out. 



The worst trip was to Sugarbush 1995, these pics are from mid January...for those with week stomachs..do not look...




post #9 of 20
That WROD doesn't even make it back to the lift
post #10 of 20
 Yikes, that was painful.  This is why I won't ski until January.  I don't want to hit a rock or anything.

My worst day was last Feb. 9.  I took a bus from NYC up to Belleayre because my new car couldn't fit skis.  After putting my boots on I was in big pain.  I did a run or two and my feet were killing me.

I took the boots off and sat around the cold miserable lodge for seven hours with nothing to do or read, waiting for the return bus home.  I've since gotten my boots fixed (new footbeds), but that day sucked.
post #11 of 20
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 Yikes, that was painful.  This is why I won't ski until January.  I don't want to hit a rock or anything.

 


 That WAS January!!!
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by filler9 View Post

OK, so my 15-year-old and I were driving up to Smuggs early Saturday Morning. I barely felt like going, the score was 51-49, but I am a weekend patroller so I figured just do a day, get the number. I even packed a novel in my patrol pack figuring I would just sit in the top shack and waste the day reading. It was bare ground in my yard and, even though the forecast had said snow overnight, none was to be found. Sure enough, no snow in anybody elses' yard as we're driving. BUT then we reach Cambridge, NEW SNOW on the ground, we reach Smuggler's Notch and WHOA! a foot or more of FRESH POWDER! We skied our brains out, no stopping for coffee, no stopping for breakfast special. First Track Freshies every run. It was freaking WESTERN, brothers and sisters! It was the best day, the very best.

Now come we to about 11 AM, we were hugging the edges for untracked. I spot a set of tracks ducking a snow fence onto a closed trail. I better check it out, I thought, and there I was: 2nd set of tracks in foot-deep. I was S-ing my way down when KEE-RASH!, I was down and screaming. It seems that someone had left a grind rail on the trail, on its side, invisible under the new snow and wouldn't you know I hit it just right and down I went, no warning, ho hand out to protect myself. I took the foot plate in the back. It actually hit my patrol pack or I'd be in the spinal ward. As it was, I took it low and on the side off the pack an I'm a hurting dude. I said a lot of bad words. Since I was on a closed trail, nobody was around. A dude heard me yelling and walked up, but I was getting up by then. I made my was down, got checked out. No peeing or spitting blood, but I stiffened up pretty good. Made my way home, spent yesterday trying to find a position of comfort. Hurts like hell to cough or laugh. So brothers and sisters, it was the worst day, the very worst.


I really do mean this without any sarcasm, narcissism, or anything else that can be misinterpreted on these boards, but you saw a trail roped off, and decided you better check it out?  are patrollers above regular skiers?  I mean, if someone who was not a ski patrol posted this, they would get the book thrown at them for crossing into closed areas and that they were asking for it...just wondering.  I do understand that as a patroller, your judgment (of the conditions and why it was closed off) would be better, but this does seem to lack good judgment.
I'm sorry you got hurt.

Philpug - It is astonishing to me that lifts would be in operation on a day like that. 
post #13 of 20
Best day:


First semester freshman year of college I skipped out of college to take an impromptu road trip to Colorado.  I stayed in Golden Thursday night to wake up to about a foot on the car at 6am. There was three times that above 10,000 feet in Horseshoe Bowl.  I went to Breck and skied my first bottomless powder ever.  First skiing in the Rockies ever.

Worst day tie:

First run on my brand new hart Gremlins I caught an edge and the ski busted the back of my head wide open mid yard sale shen the strap flung the ski around behind me   Then,  the safety strap slipped off my ankle and the ski took off down the hill.  I held some bloody snow on the back of my head for a few minutes then l side slipped the hill on the other ski.  Iballed and looked for the lost ski for over an hour before a patrol or resort employee found it.

Second day on my next new pair if skis (Dynastar Tempest) I went over a mound by a snow gun to see an open 8 foot steel colvert.  I tried to hop it but it was too late.  My tips stuck in it and dove down causing my shins just above my boots to crack the galvanized, corrugated, jagged edge of the top .  My pants ripped and my bruised and bleeding shins throbbed, and the topsheets of my new boards were thrashed on one side.
Edited by crgildart - 12/22/09 at 6:44pm
post #14 of 20
1995 January pictures from Sugarbush , even before the full blown global warming panic. The impact vairable weather plays into this sport just reinforces when its good you can't miss and have to be there. Ski conditions and life, nothing guaranteed!
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr PotatoeHead View Post

Just saw the doctor. He said "Mr PotatoeHead, your ski season is over." He suspects rib fracture, couldn't confirm because XRay was closed. There is no real treatment, but he said if I fell on it again, I could risk liver laceration.

Poor Mr PotatoeHead.


So, no xray and the Doc, not radiologist, says "your ski season is over". "Suspects" a rib fracture that could lacerate your liver.

Dudes been watching too much television.

Get a second opinion, after getting films.
post #16 of 20
Read.

A: He is a patroler
B: There was a set of tracks before him (IE somebody ducked the rope)

Perfectly logical train of thought that would lead him onto the trail.
post #17 of 20
 Best day...
On the heels of an incredible week at BigSky ESA, a few of us spent a few days at Bridger bowl, which served up some amazing conditions.  The last day we were planning on leaving at 1, but as it kept puking snow we soon found out that, like Lay's Potato Chips, we couldn't stop at 1
Thanks to Bshon and Philpug for sharing this powder day.  Nothing beats great conditions and great company!


Worst day was one week after that, back here in Michigan.  A few friends called to beg me to ski the season closer at Boyne Mountain.  Of course I couldn't resist as I was still riding on the high from Montana, and the web cam looked fairly decent, but the conditions, well,.......they were marginal at best, with dirt patches popping up in different places throughout the day. Potholes developing in the snow as the melt off created craters, and grit coming to the surface.
The good thing about a day like this is that there are no crowds, and the only people on the hill are the die hards who seem to know their way around.
I didn't even take one picture on snow, but I took a few in the mid mt shack, because they have some cool vintage skis.
 The best part of the day was the opportunity to meet up with Artski.  He is one Cool Bear!!
 I spent a ton of time cleaning the grit out of my bindings after that pathetic day, in fact, I don't think I even included it on my snow day counter.  
post #18 of 20
Of late, my best and worst days are three days apart while skiing at Wolf Creek this past week.  Worst day was being so tired from trying to work my way upright from a head plant in knee-waist deep snow.   My legs were absolutely Jello - shot - no mojo whatsoever ... my worst day of skiing in a while. 

Two days later after a day of rest, was my best ... fresh legs - tree skiing, plenty of energy, the 'snap' was back in the turns and there was good 'mojo'.  I grinned from ear to ear pretty much all day as the snow was perfect, sky's were crystal clear, yada-yada-yada.

post #19 of 20
Ok, but how about common courtesy?  It is like giving someone a citation for public intoxication when they are in the hospital after getting hit by a train while drunk.  Yeah, they were stupid, but the punishment of BEING HIT BY A TRAIN is darned big!  The guy is out the whole ski year!  Give him a break!  What use is there to beat up on him?

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I really do mean this without any sarcasm, narcissism, or anything else that can be misinterpreted on these boards, but you saw a trail roped off, and decided you better check it out?  are patrollers above regular skiers?  I mean, if someone who was not a ski patrol posted this, they would get the book thrown at them for crossing into closed areas and that they were asking for it...just wondering.  I do understand that as a patroller, your judgment (of the conditions and why it was closed off) would be better, but this does seem to lack good judgment.
I'm sorry you got hurt.

Philpug - It is astonishing to me that lifts would be in operation on a day like that. 
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by steveys View Post

Ok, but how about common courtesy?  It is like giving someone a citation for public intoxication when they are in the hospital after getting hit by a train while drunk.  Yeah, they were stupid, but the punishment of BEING HIT BY A TRAIN is darned big!  The guy is out the whole ski year!  Give him a break!  What use is there to beat up on him?

 



 

Does everyone know that the original post is over 5 years old?  I don't think filler has even been around for the last 4 years.
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