Had a nice ride down the mountain Friday with Caitlin in control.
Liv4ski and I spent the day skiing the woods at Killington. I spotted a line that had tons of soft snow so we gave it a shot. Dave wanted to go first but I insisted - and went. I hit a pipe that was sticking up straight but buried under the powder.
Most of the day in the woods I was skiing too fast. I find that I am best able to turn my Top Fuels with a Little speed. Skiing fast in the woods is not a smart thing to do.
When I hit the pipe I could not release the ski and once free I was redirected down this steep section into the tree. I hit it hard and caught it in the seat and against the back of my thigh. I yelled loudly. I told Dave to call 911, but instead he ran over to the Glade Triple to summons the patrol.
This was a real bad accident and I was scared to say the least. But I was able to crawl up the drop-in to get to the cat walk where I waited.
Katelyn skied down with the sled, by herself. She checked me out and talked about me taking the ride. I though that it would be possible to ski out but not a wise thing to do. I could stand but the pain was bad.
She got me into the sled and used straps to make the load secure. There were a few time where she had to herringbone to climb and other times where she had to build speed letting the sled run. On the steeper sections, I think it was Mouse Trap, she threw her skis sideways to control speed. I was impressed by her skills and ability. She was great.
The ski patrol has a room where they take the injured. From there they had a Killington SUV come pick me up and take me to the clinic down the road. I was checked out and x-rayed with no broken bones found. The doctor said I was very lucky.
I do feel lucky. This was a crash that could have done long lasting damage. I had a painful night but feel much better than expected. From here I need to somehow reduce the risk, there have been too many injuries in the past year.