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post #31 of 55
A long time ago and far away, I was cruising along on my super gs, see a huge half pipe out of the corner of my eye and decide to hit it. I had not been in half pipe before. I was worried about overshooting it and ending up in the trees, so I pushed off the edge instead of just going straight up and straight down. End up about Oh sh*t ! high in the middle of the half pipe. Land in the middle of the pipe on very hard surface. Heels hurt like hell for two weeks. There's not much cushioning in those cork footbeds. Almost fell too.
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by MSUBozangelas View Post
I used to Snowblade...enough said.
+1!
post #33 of 55

make it a tall draft

I know this is supposed to be first person, so I'm helping this guy to come forward and tell his story.

At my area, there is an outdoor patio-bar that has its floor absolutely flush with the adjacent slope, no barrier whatever, barely a step or boundary. It is crowded when the sun is out, as it was this mid-day.

A guy is skiing toward the patio from the adjacent slope run-out, carrying a bit of speed. His plan is to whip a giant left-hand sweeper at the edge, spray some snow, click out and have a beer. but he loses his edge, shifts into the back seat, and spins out, sliding onto the patio, rump first, hitting chairs and tables and fellow drinkers. absolutely classic. are you out there? tell us how it felt.
post #34 of 55
did a small 3 or 4 foot drop in the woods in fresh snow, came to a complete stop, then I some how lost my balance proceeded to fall over and hit my head on a tree really hard. Good thing I had a helmet on...
post #35 of 55
Didn't double check my departure time from Salt Lake to head back home, thought I had a 5:30 flight, so figured I'd quit skiing (Alta) about 2. Powder day. Get to airport. Realize flight is at 7.
post #36 of 55
different kind of stupid here...

Wildcat 2002, skiing with my wife for the first time...boiler plate conditions...middle of the mountain she wasn't really into it and I was way into it so I advised her to walk down to the base lodge on her own...

We're still happily married but I get occassional reminders of that day...no really just occassional...
post #37 of 55
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Wildcat 2002, skiing with my wife for the first time...boiler plate conditions...middle of the mountain she wasn't really into it and I was way into it so I advised her to walk down to the base lodge on her own...
I thought the rule of thumb was "no friends on a powder day" not "no friends on a crappy icy day".


There are too many stupid things to pick from so I will list a funny thing:

I fell while getting on the bunny hill lift while in my candidate year as a ski patroller in full view of the patrol room. Thankfully, I was still a candidate and therefore hadn't earned my jacket yet, so I wasn't wearing the red when it happened. In my defense (which was admittedly seen by my fellow patrollers who saw it happen) my 7 yr old daughter crossed her tips while getting ready for the chair. When the chair pushed us forward, the crossed skis stayed where they were, pitching her forward. I instinctively grabbed her and lifted her onto the chair. That movement pushed me off the seat, and since I was still holding her, she fell on top of me, breaking on of my almost new ski poles. When we took a break later on in the patrol room, we entered to the sound of applause.
post #38 of 55
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Didn't double check my departure time from Salt Lake to head back home, thought I had a 5:30 flight, so figured I'd quit skiing (Alta) about 2. Powder day. Get to airport. Realize flight is at 7.
I bet you were pulling one of these at the check-in counter!
post #39 of 55
When I was 12 I decided to go ski past what was pretty obviously not part of the skiable acres of my local area just to see what was there. There wasn't a real barricade but was a snow fence that had become buried so it could be skied right over. I went over a hill and saw directly in front of me a 8 foot diameter culvert. I tried to hop over it but instead stuck my tips in to the far wall and smashed my shins across the jagged metal edge of the top rim. My bibs tore and my shins were bruised and bleeding and I was hanging on the edge with no help, by myself, out of bounds so to speak. I pulled myself out and held snow on my throbbing shins for quite some time before I fishboned back up to the top and skied down to the lodge where I sat for an hour before deciding to go ski some more.

Probably in my top five dumbest things for life.
post #40 of 55
while wax testing DH boards at Nakiska i looked down and noticed there was some snow buildup in front of my binding, so i casually flick it with the tip of my pole which proceeds to spear into the space between my skis and centerpunch my junk and flip me around
all these newschoolers can claim all sorts of stuff but i invented skiing switch at over 90km an hour....on 223s....
post #41 of 55
Thread Starter 

Very late spring skiing on Blackcomb

My brother dared me to ski down Sauden Coulior in shorts and a tee shirt.....the entrance was very rocky with an exposed creek.... I did not fall but I will never attempt it again without proper clothing!
post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by waxman View Post
while wax testing DH boards at Nakiska i looked down and noticed there was some snow buildup in front of my binding, so i casually flick it with the tip of my pole which proceeds to spear into the space between my skis and centerpunch my junk and flip me around
all these newschoolers can claim all sorts of stuff but i invented skiing switch at over 90km an hour....on 223s....
And the 180 Pole Flip too!
post #43 of 55
nope this was post ballet/pre-new school...you know the perfect time in ski history...
post #44 of 55
I learned (the hard way and through many trials) that when I say: "Hey, watch this!" something bad is about to happen...
post #45 of 55
In the early '80s, my brother and I (teenagers) were skiing at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. We overheard you could ski down from the bottom of Timberline to Government Camp, so we thought we'd try it. We just picked a random spot to cross the fence and started off through the trees...Many hours later, two totally unhappy brothers emerged into the civilization of Govy.
post #46 of 55
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I learned (the hard way and through many trials) that when I say: "Hey, watch this!" something bad is about to happen...
statement of the year
post #47 of 55
Late season at Bristol a few years ago..... we decided to ski one of the recently closed trails which still had decent snow on it. I followed the gang who were just ducking the rope without slowing down too much. I misjudged raising the rope with my arm and ended up getting clotheslined and landing flat on my back at the top of the closed trail. I had to pick myself up and get out of sight while still trying to regroup. To make matters worse, there were a couple of patrollers right down the hill from the exit to the trail, so we had to hide behind a shed until they left.

Life's hard, but it's harder if you're stupid!
post #48 of 55
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Originally Posted by hoody View Post
In the early '80s, my brother and I (teenagers) were skiing at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. We overheard you could ski down from the bottom of Timberline to Government Camp, so we thought we'd try it. We just picked a random spot to cross the fence and started off through the trees...Many hours later, two totally unhappy brothers emerged into the civilization of Govy.
In the late 60s I was skiing down off the glacier solo in thick fog at 3pm and found some good snow that was too far skier's right, I knew it, but the snow, oh the snow.....(first three dumb moves) after only a dozen turns, I knew things weren't right as the gulley came to a drop off. I had heard a tale of skiers lost for several days down there because they missed the resort coming off the mountain (the natural fall line route, skiers right), so I took off my skis and started my trek up and left. made it purely on the strength of having heard that tale. Sooo, you bros are lucky as hell.
post #49 of 55
When learning to first ski at our local little hill, I decided to show off my newly learned "hockey stop" in front of my wife and about fifty people in line for the lift. I had picked up some nice speed and was heading for the line...I hit the brakes with my really cool hockey stop. What actually happened was that there was plenty of hard packed snow and ice around the lift line...so my skis went out from under me and I slid about 20 feet into a nice big orange fence...right in front of everyone. I did have a couple of nice bruises, but nothing was worse than the embarassment and the constant ribbing from my wife.

Stupid thing #2 was on my second trip to Whistler. I took my good buddy with me and we hit the lifts early in the morning to catch some fresh tracks. Somehow I had forgotten to buckle my boots on the way up...so we hit the snow hard and fast. I can't figure out why I keep losing control and am off balanced. Them BOOM...the yard sale from HELL. I had snow in places I didn't think I could have snow. I will never forget to buckle my boots again.
post #50 of 55
One time at Killington many years ago...

I found a trail that had a crossing/traverse with a healthy drop-off on the other side near the edge of the trail. But only it was completely roped off so that no one would hurt themselves intentionally or unintentionally.

I decided it might be fun to bomb down the trail towards the traverse in a tuck, duck the rope, and launch myself off of it. So I did it. First two times went fine. Third time, I didn't duck low enough and caught the rope with my upper chest. In addition to holding a yard sale, I took out the rope, stakes, and signage all together.

A bystander checked on me and then said "woah, that was really stupid."
post #51 of 55
You know when I firsted started snowboarding, I really didn't have much money and put it all into that first $450 board/binding set up. I drastically underestimated the importance of things like snowboard boots and snowboard clothing--so I'd head up to the nearest mountain decked out in about 5 shirts with my handy insulated flannel (it was the mid-90's at the time) as a "coat". Since, I didn't have any ski pants, I decided it prudent to wear a pair of sweats or thermals with jeans on top--to hell with hypothermia was my motto. Since I was just starting out, I was soaked within a run or two. Then, the best part, I wore some army green "Steel Shank" boots--remember the ones from when you were a kid, more like galoshes really. Imagine the ankle support and responsive turns I enjoyed. Man, I must have looked like I just walked out of the salvation army or was on a "special" trip. Luckily I only rode in the Poconos or I might have frozen or suffered decisive injury.
post #52 of 55
The stupidest thing I ever did was a couple of years ago at Sunshine Village. I was skiing the steep, but short, Headwall chutes off the Standish squad. Every time I went down, I would get to the top, stop, plot out my line, and go. I'm not one for leaps into the unknown unless I really know the landing well.

Every time but one. It was towards the end of the day, and we were doing one last loop up Standish, over to the Lookout chair, and then make the long run down to the parking lot. Well, I decided that this time I would just let her rip over the headwall. Well, I took the lip, landed, and then hit a second bump which sent me flying. I landed hard on my back and went down the rest of the way head first, facing the sky, with equipment falling everywhere. I also wasn't wearing a helmet. Thankfully I came away with only a small bruise on my shoulder, and I kept skiing for the rest of the week.
post #53 of 55
I skied at PCMR once. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
post #54 of 55
Last year I was -as I am this year- working as a ski instructor in Austria. They have a policy here; if you fall down while wearing your instructor outfit, and another instructor sees you, you have to pay a round of beer to the entire school. 100+ instructors.

One day I had a free afternoon after working in the morning, and I decided to tear down a red slope a few times. Must have gotten too confident because all of a sudden i got launched into the air. I had no idea what was happening to me as I flew throught the air, slowly turning backwards to finally land on the back of my skis and subsequently on my ass. Very big, well-organized yard sale, and snow everywhere. To top things off, one of my skis had the woodcore broken, and the whole scene was observed by several other instructors. There was abslutely no mercy; I ended up buying new skis for myself, and a keg of beer for my collegues.

I am still instructing beginners on my now 'slightly' defect 183cm Blizzard Magnesium RS skis. I love them too much to simply dissmiss them, and they still work on low speeds. But I don't care anymore if people ski over them
post #55 of 55
mmmh, to ski in a man's night gown ...no, not stupid enough, after all it was Carnival...have to think some more
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