Originally Posted by PaulR
Reviewing some of the injury stats and percentages available I thought it might be interesting to hear what epic skiers report and how this compares to the tabulated rates. If you like you can share what injuries you have experience and how long you have been skiing.
If you participate please list your injury,what you were doing when it ocurred, and what your skill level was at the time of your accident.
I've been skiing for over 25 years, thousands of ski days, and have never been seriously injured. Unless you count the time back in 1981, when, as an intermediate, I took a jump, landed in soft snow and my skis stopped, my body kept going, and I couldn't raise my left arm over my shoulder for 3 weeks, but didn't miss any ski time.
Or the time in April 1992, advanced skier, while skiing bumps at Hunter, I absorbed a bump and it felt like an M80 exploded in my knee. Turned out to be maniscus damage and I missed the last 2 weeks of the season, no surgery, Physical Therapy resolved it.
Or the time in March 1996, as an advanced skier in Whistler, I was skiing a permanently closed chute off the peak chair and skied the wrong exposure. It was a day of soft snow, but I found blue ice with a 4 inch dusting on a 50 degree slope. my friend went first and took most of the coating off. I hop turned into it, my tips held but my tails started sliding. Rather than go backwards, I went down on my hip, and got my edges off the snow, then got my skis across the fall line and started to dig my edges in when I hit the top of an 50 foot evergreen that couldn't be seen from above. I flipped over, falling head first onto a boulder with my shoulder, I was able to move my unhelmeted head out of the way at the last second. 2nd degree AC-joint shoulder seperation, missed 1 day of skiing.
Or 1 month later, skiing spring bumps with a second degree shoulder separation, I stopped at the end of the snow and lost my balance. I fell over in slow motion and stopped myself with an outstretched arm. Second turned into third degree AC-joint shoulder separation. surgery a year later fixed it, No lost ski time.
Or the time New Years eve, 1999, as an advanced skier, I was skiing backcountry and I skied over what I thought was a drift. It turned out to be a snow covered boulder. My skis stopped dead, I kept going. my knee went down with my patella hitting square on that boulder. Bruised my Bursar Sac(Knee), missed 5 weeks of skiing.
Or 2 months later, when on March 1, 2000, as an advanced skier, I had just come off a great bump run down Steins (double black) at Sugarbush. Psyched by the run, I got a little cocky as I took off down the green run to the lift at a very fast clip. I was rebounding hard into every turn when I rebounded a little too much and lost my balance. I should have recovered, but still rehabing from the previous injury, I decided to sit down. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the speed I was going until I didn't slow down enough before I went off trail. at the berm, I dug my in my skis in an attempt to stop, but momentum carried ny COM past my skis. as I crossed over my skis, I felt that infamous POP. Missed the rest of the year, ACL reconstructive surgery one month later on April 1, skied the following October.
Or the time at Jay Peak, 2003, when as an advanced skier, I was skiing through the woods and came up on a streambed. It was too close to stop, and turning was not an option with trees on either side of me. I tried to air it, got across but tails landed in soft snow, while tips were on terra firma on the opposite bank. As my tails sank into the snow, I felt my calves stretch, and just before my bindings released, I felt a tear. Strained Gastroc cost a week of skiing, and about 5 weeks of skiing in pain.
Other than that, I've never been hurt skiing. Oh yeah, as long as you don't count at least a dozen fall induced aches and pains over the years.