What adjustments, emotionally, mentally, techniques and methods do you make when skiing in the n0-fall zone? I have one to start it off, some information that truly could save a life. The pitch is steep, the snow is firm, there is sh=t below, trees, rocks, small cliffs. You are standing at the top and more than a little puckered. there are no guarantees here, except that you are going to be relying on yourself. This is one thing you can do before dropping in. Take your pole straps off. Make this plan. If you fall (the down side of this is that you have to let that thought into your mind to prepare for the possibility and have a method to save yourself), if you fall you are going to toss one pole away immediately. then you are going to move both of your hands down the shaft of the remaining pole, all the way down until they are strongly gripping the shaft with the heel of your hand on top of the basket. then you are going to stab the pole into the ice, hard, and keep it in the ice as deeply as you can to begin a self-arrest and get your skis to swing around under your body mass instead of dragging above you keeping you in that totally helpless head first position. then dig that pole tip hard and try to get an edge in. this all takes time, but on a good sliding fall, that is one thing you have, time. why, I was once on a long slide toward the trees below (my pole straps were on) and I had time to talk to myself: "sh-t, no helmet, crap, oh man, it won't matter, you are gonna' break your neck anyhow." I wear a helmet now and am aware that one can slide pretty freakin' fast in 8" of powder as well as firm snow.
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10/30/07 at 8:09am