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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Posted before, but here again.

Where were you?
Injured?
Big crowd (or under chair)?
Who or what were you able to blame it on?
Spectacular yardsale?
Et cetera...

Though I don't recall ALL of mine - it happened very fast and vilolently (I think), then...stillness - I do remember I had come down from the top at Mammoth last May. Caught a tip in the bumps, ski came off, I'm skiing on the one remaining, pretty good clip, thinking, "Damn, I might actually save this..." then the big non-save, tumbling, stopping.
Both skis off and a bent Scott pole.
My bad.
A few people, and milesb.
No injury.
post #2 of 23
In no particular order.

1. Losing a toe-piece from a ski while tucking a steep pitch. Chairlift boards right next to the spot so all got a great view of the expression on my face as I continued on one ski, then succumbed to the inevitable.

2. Last year in several feet of powder @ Whistler. Losing it just under the Harmony chair and having great difficulty righting myself. I looked great until that point though.

3. Hitting a frozen cat track at Tremblant. Beautiful trajectory, 9 points for style. Skis stayed at the track, I proceeded way down the hill. Again under one of the chairs.

Many, many more, but the quantity goes down as I get older.
post #3 of 23
I have never been able to do a front flip off a diving board, but somehow I am able to do it on skis when I least expect it.
post #4 of 23
A crash that stands out from last season is on a DEEEEP pow day (of many) in Fernie... Only thing hurt was my ego, I had a huge crowd watching! :
Skiing under the Whitepass chair, with as it felt at the time just about everyone else on the hill. They hadn't opened very much that day.
Had a great rythm going, fairly high speed open turns, when the front ski (on tele's) decides to dive... Ragdolled twice, I think... People told me it was a good show anyway.
Tried to convince myself that I hit a bump or something...
post #5 of 23
Not the worst crash, but most embarrasing none the less. I was racing to get to the McConkey's Lift in Park City, on a beautiful powder morning (I know I should have gone to Alta, you don't have to remind me, but the access road was shut down, this was about 3 years ago), I swear I was going to be the first one there. Tucking down the last bit to get to the chair, I didn't quite notice how the trail that I was on and was somewhat groomed, that the groomed portion ended right at the entrance for the lift line. I hit about 2 feet of powder at max velocity, instantly ejecting me out of my skis into a front flip and landing on my back. The lifties got a great laugh out of it, asking me if I was okay, which I was, just my pride was damaged, and now I was being passed left and right by all of those I beat on my way to the lift.

Now the worst part, I looked down at the ground and my skis were burried under the powder that stopped me instantly! I found one, but it took me a good 10 minutes to find the other...... [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

[ September 30, 2002, 12:55 PM: Message edited by: skialta ]
post #6 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by skialta:
Now the worst part, I looked down at the ground and my ski's were gone! The powder that stopped me instantly now hid my skiis!!
So what's it gonna be? Ski's or skiis? How about just plain skis. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] Just teasing.

I had a good fall last year on the north side of the Green Valley chair at Crystal Mtn, WA. I don't really know what caused it, but I ended up skidding uncontrollably with trees getting ever closer. I managed to dig my pole tip in to arrest the fall, but it was exciting there for a while. Neither ski came off and my knees were a little sore for a while, but no injuries. There could have been people that saw it from the chair, but it probably wasn't that spectacular except to me!
post #7 of 23
Allready posted mine bu for those that missed it , hear it is again
post #8 of 23
There are several that come to mind for me. However, due to bandwidth restrictions, and a few to many knocks on the head, I'll keep it to just a few.

1. Broke my leg when I was 7 on a run called "Chicken's Choice."

2. Got burried in a sluff slide of the Wildcat Lift at Alta. Snow was like concrete, scared the crap out of me. Had to hike back up in August to retreive some gear.

3. Went to jump off the side of a drop at Jackson Hole, leaned back to set the snow for a take off and the snow let go from the rock underneath. What was going to be a 10 foot drop turned into a 30 foot tumble off a cliff. All under the chair.

4. Carved a quick turn into a Chute off Supreme at Alta. Hit a rock under the surface and found myself flying down the chute, face first, 3+ feet off the ground, no skis. I didn't it the ground until the bottom, I was falling at the same rate as the hill was dropping away! Thank god for powder!

One of my favorite crashes was a friend of mine, who I was following on a powder day. He turned a high speed turn over a "knoll" in unfamiliar terrain. The knoll was actually a decent size cliff, and he was unprepaired. He hit a tree on his way down, and blew out of a ski. He was ok, quite a few bruises, but I had to go get his ski... It was 10-15 feet up in the tree! Ever climb a tree with ski boots on?
post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by tom@cham:
Allready posted mine bu for those that missed it , hear it is again
I remember that post. One question and forgive me for being insensitive, but how did the photogragher get those shots.
post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by EstCstSkr:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by tom@cham:
Allready posted mine bu for those that missed it , hear it is again
I remember that post. One question and forgive me for being insensitive, but how did the photogragher get those shots.</font>[/quote]
..of Roger, Taken by me standing at the top

My route, fall in red, taken from montonvers railway station

of me..taken by Roger whilst making fun of me for being stupind and falling/getting avied ( he had skied down to meet me with no trouble).

of me...taken by Roger who had now skied to the bottom of the couloir..

Taken by Roger waiting for me to finish downclimb in between his fits of laughter

Taken by Roger....he skis faster than me!

All pictures taken with a Sony Digital8 camcorder
post #11 of 23
A few years back, under Chair 22 at Mammoth there is a large rock. The vertical varies between 10'-15'-20' depending on snow pack and angle of launch. This year it was in the 15' range. It was a Saturday - Every chair on 22 had three people in it. I took the direct fall line approach to the lip (giving the most air) and I took it with some speed. As I left the take off, I hit a small ridge in the snow causing me to ever so slightly shift my weight to the right. As I took to the air the first thought was "wow, I think I took this too fast", next thought, "wow, I'm still flying". Unfortunately, the little bit of extra air gave gravity a chance to take that small little shift of weight and enhance it. By the time I made contact with the snow (about 30'-40' down the fall line), most of my weight was on my right side - BOOOOOOOMMMM!!- Total yard sale. Contact was feet, hip, shoulder - explosion. One ski came to rest 3' up a tree, the other 20' further down the hill sticking up like someone had planted it there.

Hoots and hollars all around - "you looked good up until the landing", "Dude, you should've stomped the landing", "yard sale!", etc.

There have been others less public, but that was the biggest and most embarrassing. Probably because my thought before hitting the cliff was "cool, all these people will see me nail this thing". Humble pie in doses.
post #12 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by tom@cham:
Allready posted mine bu for those that missed it , hear it is again
I remember that post. One question and forgive me for being insensitive, but how did the photogragher get those shots.
post #13 of 23
First ski lesson at Killington. Crashed right into an entire group of instructors at line up.
All of them male. [img]redface.gif[/img]

Too humiliated to try again for about 12 years!
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by Lisamarie:
First ski lesson at Killington. Crashed right into an entire group of instructors at line up.
All of them male. [img]redface.gif[/img]

Too humiliated to try again for about 12 years!
So how many did you nail on your second try? :
Crashj 'try try again' Johnson
post #15 of 23
About five years ago, off of Supreme Chair at Alta. Thre was about three feet of fresh and the chair had bee nclosed the day before. Was skiing through a tree chute that I had skied many times. I guess a tree had fallen over and was buried by the snow. I could see some branches sticking out of the snow, but they were only visible for about half of the width of the chute so I charged hard through the opening, leaning back a little bit to lift my tips. Needless to say, both skis went under, I went over. I thought for sure that i had broke both of my legs. Luckily, I only bled a little (ok, a lot) and after about thirty minutes of just laying there mustered enough courage to stand.
post #16 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by ryan:
Posted before, but here again.

Where were you?
Injured?
Big crowd (or under chair)?
Who or what were you able to blame it on?
Spectacular yardsale?
Et cetera...

Though I don't recall ALL of mine - it happened very fast and vilolently (I think), then...stillness - I do remember I had come down from the top at Mammoth last May. Caught a tip in the bumps, ski came off, I'm skiing on the one remaining, pretty good clip, thinking, "Damn, I might actually save this..." then the big non-save, tumbling, stopping.
Both skis off and a bent Scott pole.
My bad.
A few people, and milesb.
No injury.
post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by ryan:
Posted before, but here again.

Where were you?
Injured?
Big crowd (or under chair)?
Who or what were you able to blame it on?
Spectacular yardsale?
Et cetera...

Though I don't recall ALL of mine - it happened very fast and vilolently (I think), then...stillness - I do remember I had come down from the top at Mammoth last May. Caught a tip in the bumps, ski came off, I'm skiing on the one remaining, pretty good clip, thinking, "Damn, I might actually save this..." then the big non-save, tumbling, stopping.
Both skis off and a bent Scott pole.
My bad.
A few people, and milesb.
No injury.
post #18 of 23
A lot of them over the years, but the most memorable-

Finals of the Beaver Creek Town Series about 2-3 seasons ago.

Pro format, high speed GS on a very steep pitch.

New snow had fallen the night before...

3 gates from the finish, my line gets late and I start getting dragged into the softer snow off the side...

I try to hang on by pinching a turn, and I hit the gate with my boots.....

3 fully extended cartwheels, followed by a chest plant onto a flat road which crossed the course just above the finish.

Full video, lots of people, announcer, just above a full lift maze...

Only one pole came off, but my helmet was on sideways (try that one!)

The result-
Compressed shoulder joint, hip pointers, bruised ribs, bruised lung, torn muscles between the 1,2, and 3rd ribs.
The doctor who saw me later said my injuries were consistent with having been in a car crash. It sure felt like I had been!!!

But the important thing--- I skied away from it!!! :
post #19 of 23
I was traversing across the waste lands above the tree line of Thredbo in a white out and was swallowed by a wind formed snow ravine about 15ft deep. The ravine was all a steep V shape and I just went down and straight into the other side. Scared the crap out of me because the whole world was a white zone at the time and there was no sensation of moving. I was hung up by the tails of my skis and I thought I had broken both shins. After much “praising of the silence” I managed to get myself out of the bindings and then fell to the bottom of the ravine. It was nice and quiet down there all alone out of the wind …… I managed to get myself out the down hill side and back to the closest hut. My shins where swollen and with pressure bruises, my arm had a nasty gash through my parka from what I do not know and my left eye looked like it had coped a king hit from my ski pole handle ….. That’s about the worst and scariest one for me???

Lucky to be alive ...... was when I went backwards of a road at Steamboat at speed and sailed through the fir trees for a looooong looong way ... managed to miss all hard objects just ending up with a pine scented parka and a tree well climb from hell ..... thank you

Funniest, but not for me, was again in a whiteout at a place called Lagalp in Suisse. I was leading a group of three English Army guys from the top of the cable car around the “ski road” to the top of the main face of the mountain (no grooming here). I had them all in tight formation and was blowing my whistle so they could follow the sound if they lost visual contact due to the white world swirling around us. I stopped just by one of the orange poles marking a turn in the trail and turned to talk them in to my position. The first two followed close and stopped with me but the last guy was a little behind and when he caught a glimpse of us he turned straight towards us. Alas there was a small invisible mound where the side of the trail encroached on the corner we where standing at and he hit it. He gracefully landed face first at my feet sans skis and we all laughed ….

Dun Dun Dun Dun dun da ..... Silently from the skies one of his skies descended on the exposed back of his head and knocked him back down. I patched him up with my spare neck warmer and put his hat and goggles back on. Tough blokes these army guys! We skied down and off to the Hospital for 14 stitches in a very nice head wound.

Then there was the time ………

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #20 of 23
10 years ago, at my home area. We had a special night group thing going on Sunday evening.

Regular skiing stopped at 4 and the special group started at 6.

In between, we newbie patrollers took the last test before we were allowed to wear ski patrol jackets. The sled test.

I did just fine and passed.

When we opened the liftys for the night group, we were in a huge pack skiing right under a full chairlift. Suddenly I was airborne thinking, I should have landed by now! Just as suddenly, I did! Classic yard sale. Gear everywhere. I got 8.5’s and 9.0’s from the patrons on the lift for style points.

When I finally stopped sliding, I was looking up at 20 odd patrollers all asking if I was OK. I sheepishly replied yes---and gathered my gear and nursed a very sore shoulder for the rest of the evening
post #21 of 23
hmm... The worst would be at Wisp, east coast. Had some nice groomed snow except that we had some rain through the night and it froze. Was going down one of the steepest slopes there, trust me not as steep as anything most of you guys do, but anyways, we have the ice factor here, doing some giant, laid down carves, skies slid out from under me, at the top of the run, slid the whole way down, of course I was wearing a t-shirt, almost hit the lodge. Turns out I torn my AC, got all scratched up, it was wonderful, the AC is still healing, probably get to have to get the end of my collar bone sawed off, what fun!
VIcki
post #22 of 23
Definitly one of my most embarassing,
I was racing at the collegiate regionals held in Waterville valley, NH. that year, in a slalom. I fell the third gate from the start and had to hike, then about half way down the coarse i lost my goggles, so my eyes began to water perfusely and seeing the next gate began to get tough. I managed to make it to the bottom of the coarse, when i hooked a tip on the very last gate, spinning me in circles, where finally i lost all balance and did a belly flopper across the finish line to the delight of all the fans watching. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #23 of 23
Oh yea!
My worst crash ever was probably when i was about 8 or9 years old. My brother and father could tell you more of what i did then what i can recall, but i think it went like this: The three of us had been skiing the bumps for most of the day at Bromley Mnt, Vt. I was just exiting the bumps onto some flat groomed snow before you got back on the lift. I started to make some big sweeping turns, movin' at a pretty good clip, when WAAACK! I ran straight into a lift tower. Don't ask me how, because still to this day i have no idea why i couldn't make my way around it. It was just one of those things. MY SKIS WOULDN'T TURN!
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