Has this ever happened to you? It's my first day out this season. I'm at Smuggler's Notch, and the snow cover isn't THE best, but it's not too shabby - some natural, a lot of manufactured. I'm sliding down the hill past a snow gun, when suddenly my right ski catches on something, the binding releases, and I fall forward - HARD - right onto my forehead and face in general. The helmet part: I did get a bloody nose and a fat lip, but I think the damage would have been worse without the helmet. Whadaya say? What happened to the right ski: I picked it up and put it back on. WOULDN'T SLIDE AT ALL! I took it off, looked at the base, and it as covered with wet snow and ice. It took me fifteen minutes to get the stuff off. Some of it was just plain ice, stuck right onto the base like freezing rain sticks to the highway. The ski patroller showed up and said that the snowgun had made a wet pocket. My skis were ice cold, and so the wet snow and water glommed onto the base. Has this ever happened to you? The skis had not been waxed since last season. Could this have been prevented with a good wax job, or is this what happens, regardless of wax, when you run an ice cold ski through a puddle?
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12/30/01 at 7:34pm