Jay Peak in Vermont is near the Canadian border. One third of the terrain is glades. Absolutely beautiful. They have glades for ALL levels of expertise-from green circles to double blacks. Towards the end of the day I was getting tired but would not relent. Unfortunately, My tip caught a root, I spun around and impacted a birch-back of my helmet, right scapula, right ribs and pelvis. Fractured 7th, 11th and 12th ribs with separation clearly visible on xray. CT did not show anything major internally, thankfully, just some minor lung contusion.
Immediately after the event, I lay in the snow but finally got bored and decided to ski down. I made an interesting observation-as long as I remained 'stacked', there was no pain. The instant I started to lean, the oblique muscles activated and caused intense pain. This holds true even now 2 days later-getting out of bed is killer painful but walking is not. Bending over is impossible but 'curtsying' is painless. I can walk around in telemark all day (similar to the 'silly walk' of Monty Python) but cannot get into or out of an automoblie without slow deliberate motions to remain stacked. Who would have thought that broken ribs are an excellent balancing drill.