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post #1 of 16
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This Tuesday, I fell on Thunder Bumps at Jackson Hole. As I hit on my left shoulder, I knew it was in trouble. There was a group of instructors and they helped out immediately and sent for the patrol.

I was helped by 2 Patrolers named Kevin, one who's last name is Pusey but we won't go there in this post. Kevin P checked me out and diagnosed a separated shoulder. Got the first sled ride of my life down a black diamond bump run. The patrol was great and I owe them a big thanks.

Of interest was seeing close up how good they ski. You get a unmatched view of how they can sideslip down the bumbs in total control of the sled. They also go fairly fast on the flats.

At JH, the medical clinic is right at the base of the mountain, and they ski you to the front door. The medical staff was great. X-rays showed the clear separation. I was very lucky that Dr. Roddy was able to get my shoulder back to normal very easily.
90 minutes after the fall, I was discharged in a sling with ski season on 4 to 6 week hold.

I'm not sure what you can do to show thanks, but Finndog and I delivered a case of brew to the patrol the next day. Beer, the unofficial, official currency of choice at a ski area. I bumped into Bob Peters the next day and he was buying a case for the person working on his bindings. Hmmmmm......

Big, Big thanks to all who patrol!
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post
This Tuesday, I fell on Thunder Bumps at Jackson Hole. As I hit on my left shoulder, I knew it was in trouble. There was a group of instructors and they helped out immediately and sent for the patrol.

I was helped by 2 Patrolers named Kevin, one who's last name is Pusey but we won't go there in this post. Kevin P checked me out and diagnosed a separated shoulder. Got the first sled ride of my life down a black diamond bump run. The patrol was great and I owe them a big thanks.

Of interest was seeing close up how good they ski. You get a unmatched view of how they can sideslip down the bumbs in total control of the sled. They also go fairly fast on the flats.

At JH, the medical clinic is right at the base of the mountain, and they ski you to the front door. The medical staff was great. X-rays showed the clear separation. I was very lucky that Dr. Roddy was able to get my shoulder back to normal very easily.
90 minutes after the fall, I was discharged in a sling with ski season on 4 to 6 week hold.

I'm not sure what you can do to show thanks, but Finndog and I delivered a case of brew to the patrol the next day. Beer, the unofficial, official currency of choice at a ski area. I bumped into Bob Peters the next day and he was buying a case for the person working on his bindings. Hmmmmm......

Big, Big thanks to all who patrol!
Beer is indeed the universal "thank you" gesture in ski towns. A group my wife is a part of just sponsored a pizza-and-beer night at the Calico last night in appreciation of the JH Ski Patrol.

It was kind of funny because a whole bunch of "retired" JH trollers also showed up for the festivities. We sort of decided that there must be some form of airborne communication method that spreads the word about free beer because all of these former patrollers showed up even though nobody exactly remembers calling anybody.

I'm glad your shoulder is doing well. I'll pass on your thanks to the patrollers I see.

p.s. - What is this "free" foot of which you speak. Usually when one of mine goes free while skiing, it's not a good thing.
post #3 of 16
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What is this "free" foot of which you speak. Usually when one of mine goes free while skiing, it's not a good thing.
This looks like a new forum signature.


LP, glad the JHSP (kings horses) and Clinic(Kings men) put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Hope to meet up with you for some turns some day, but I'll keep my free foot right where it will keep me out of trouble.
post #4 of 16
Mike - I wish you a speedy recovery. Sorry we didn't get to ski together but hopefully next time.

Take care and hope you get out there again soon!
post #5 of 16
Second that sentiment. Maybe next year.
post #6 of 16
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I'm glad your shoulder is doing well. I'll pass on your thanks to the patrollers I see.
Bob,
Among the foggy memories of the patrol during my accident, I seem to remember Kevin showing me a pic of the Jackson Hole patroler who died recently in the slide. He may have told me something about him, but my mind was on other things.

Is there a memorial fund established for him? If not, is there a JH patrol organization who can benefit from a more tradtional "green" donation?

They're underpaid and underappreciated, for sure.
post #7 of 16
Which patroller died recently in a slide? Do you mean the patroller who died this fall from a heart attack? I've been MIA from the mountain for about 10 days now and feel like I'm completely out of the loop.
post #8 of 16
How about a big "thumbs up" for the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol...

post #9 of 16
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Which patroller died recently in a slide? Do you mean the patroller who died this fall from a heart attack? I've been MIA from the mountain for about 10 days now and feel like I'm completely out of the loop.
Dave,
My memories are very vague. I'm actually relieved to hear that a patroller did not pass-on recently. So I'm searching for additional info.
Mike
post #10 of 16
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This looks like a new forum signature.


LP, glad the JHSP (kings horses) and Clinic(Kings men) put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Hope to meet up with you for some turns some day, but I'll keep my free foot right where it will keep me out of trouble.


Like this??
post #11 of 16
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Like this??
Skier J,
Ouch!
I appreciate humor as much as anyone, but, please treat this thread as an appreciation to a great bunch of people.
post #12 of 16
Love the new sig Mike....

Lola said is should be...

I gave my left arm to ski Jackson Hole

But I think she was just ribbing ya.
post #13 of 16
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Love the new sig Mike....

Lola said is should be...

I gave my left arm to ski Jackson Hole

But I think she was just ribbing ya.
^^^ Great sig Mike ^^^

I hope your recovery is going well. It was great meeting you. I am sure the JHSP appreciated your offering of thanks... probably all too rare a jesture.

Get well soon... I want to see you posting pics before the season's done!
post #14 of 16
Hi, Mike.

I think there's a little confusion on who's died. The recent avalanche fatality here in Jackson was a member of the public (a local skier from Wilson), not a patroller. The last ski patroller who was killed in an avalanche was Tom Raymer, for whom Ranger ski run (right off the gondola) was named as a remembrance. That was in 1986.

As tetonpowderjunkie said, one of the JH patrollers died very unexpectedly of a heart attack this last year.

So, it's a little hard to tell to whom he may have been referring.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post
Skier J,
Ouch!
I appreciate humor as much as anyone, but, please treat this thread as an appreciation to a great bunch of people.
You got it!

thought I'd bump this back to the top!
post #16 of 16
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Today's mail brought a card from the JH ski patrol wishing a speedy recovery and "hope that my shoulder is healing well". Signed by Kevin, Chris, Chris and Shannon.
That's a nice touch. I hope thay each got a least one beer from the case we left.
I saw my orthopaedic specialist today. The news is as good as it gets. Just need time and therapy. Will ski in March, and on blue trails w/o Thunder bumps.
He commented that the JH team took good care of me.
Forever thankful!
Mike
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