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Early season injuries

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Every year we see more posts about getting hurt in late November and early December than at other times in the season. This is a post that I could have made a few weeks ago, but the idea only occurred to me tonight.

A lot of us have been desperately waiting to ski for months and we want to kill it right away. My suggestion, flatboard a few runs to warm up, and ease into the season. I know you are not going to take warm up runs if your season's first day is a powder day, but even then, be smooth and relaxed. Take it easy. Ski a mellow groove. Think more Ott Gangl/Pierre than Tyrone/Ritchey.

If you are already an expert, take a few days getting back up to speed before you try to progress the sport. Have fun and enjoy the snow!
post #2 of 7

Deep Pain

I've never worried about pre-season conditioning. I am now.

Last weekend and this one at Vail/BC, in loads of deep snow (a bit chunky and windblown), turned my legs to mush.

The chunk is fabulous fun, but it takes a toll. It takes MUCH more energy to ski this stuff, especially when visibility is iffy (is that snow or a cliff?).

Early-season cruising at A-Basin didn't prepare me for this. Over-extending in these conditions can easily break the body.

I'm sitting in Loaded Joe's in Avon, trying to find a comfortable position on my stool. Advil sustains me.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Good for you!

Four days after my first day out, my right quad hurt so bad I began to think it was injured, but now 6 days after, it's fine and I know it was only sore muscles. I'm glad I don't ski regularly, it hurts!

I want to read about sore muscles, not busted legs and ligaments.
post #4 of 7
No doubts about taking it easy the first time out. I just got back from Squaw and my quads are history as well as my right calf. I went up with friends that have boarded the place the last three years. This was my first time there and I'm not injured, just gonna be sore this coming week. At one point I felt so strained that I couldn't keep my legs under me.....

Anyways, great post to make some folks aware as to first day aggressiveness. I know I learned my lesson!
post #5 of 7
Instead of the old first first chair until last chair, I've adopted the new plan I've read about here for at least the first couple of days on the hill.

Still arrive early and ski the empty slopes.

Have lunch after 1300 hours and then go back out for an other hour or two.

Leave about an hour before last chair. Don't have a "last run", just stop after a good run if your within an hour of closing time.

If you find yourself getting tired and making a lot of bobbles, having close calls, and hitting things you shouldn't be in the flat light of late afternoon, just shut her down. There's plenty of days left in the season.

So far it's working out pretty well - no traffic jams, no injuries, no extreme soreness, eager willing and able to go back for more.

Do I take it easy? Depends on what you call easy. I don't cut turns with little to no margin of safety next to solid objects, but I still ski as fast as I can and turn as hard as I can. Well actually there was a turn or two where I had to recover before hitting things. On one if I hadn't recovered I would have hit the safety ski patrol shed (How convenient! Though, I don't think they could have done much except call the coroner), but I had a little extra room to recover in and still missed the shed by about two yards. Skiing has to be a little exciting, otherwise you might as well play golf.
post #6 of 7
I wear leg weights all day for a few days before skiing. I also stop at the top of the first run and stretch out for a few minutes before tearing it up (no pun intended).
post #7 of 7
Don't have a "last run", good call ghosty......that's the way I'm doing it this year.
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