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"Click" The dreaded sound and helpless feeling.

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It may make some of you happy, but it was bound to happen. for the first time in 3 plus years, I finally fell.

was the first run of the day yesterday, contractor's day at Holimont. Two thirds of the way down a nice little powder filled line of moguls near the base lodge, I heard the infamous sound of click followed by a chest pounding, faceplanting, forehead crushing fall of the "seeing stars" variety directly in full view of the main lift.

Ice on the bottom of the boot does not make for a good first run when between the boot and the binding. Heel released and I was cake. I'm stiff around the neck and my surgically repaired right shoulder is tender but working.

I skied the rest of the day. Managed to make some nice runs with Pierre Eh, who drove up from Ohio to make some runs with me. Found some great moguls and had some great runs. Stayed out of the woods as my confidence was somewhat shattered. At least for the day. And I'm too sore to snowmobile today but alas, Apre Ski at the Gin Mill and Balloons was no problem and a few odd Vicadins are very relaxing while watching some Golf.

Stars? My Wife, a Registered Nurse, says the fact I saw stars mean I probably gave myself a concussion. I thought it was all the Captain Morgans that caused the ringing in my ears. But of course, if I had worn my helmet, I might not have right?  Ahh, that's another story huh?
post #2 of 7
I go the extra effort before entry. Pre-release is not an option.All of us fall some just fall harder. Speedy recover.
post #3 of 7
Lars,

I always pre-release from my heels when set at the standard DIN setting.  To set mine, I step forward really hard and pivot my heel up to release the heel.  Then I keep adding another half turn to the back binding until I can't pull out anymore.  Its usually quite a bit above the DIN setting.

Actually, with skis so short now, the heel release isn't as important as it once was anyway.  If you fall forward, you can just take the ski with you.  Way better than the outcome of a pre-release.  Ouch!!
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Is it a coincidence that ski pre release and revolver being cocked both go click?

I think not.

How did you like Phil up the tree?
Have another pain killer 
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Originally Posted by John Lyon View Post

Lars,

I always pre-release from my heels when set at the standard DIN setting.  To set mine, I step forward really hard and pivot my heel up to release the heel.  Then I keep adding another half turn to the back binding until I can't pull out anymore.  Its usually quite a bit above the DIN setting.

Actually, with skis so short now, the heel release isn't as important as it once was anyway.  If you fall forward, you can just take the ski with you.  Way better than the outcome of a pre-release.  Ouch!!


 

It was just a stupid oversight of not taking the time to knock all the ice off my boot bottom.  And the rush to catch first tracks in some untouched moguls.

Last time I had a release like that, it was responding to an accident while patrolling. In hast, I  neglected to make sure my bottoms were clean of ice. It cost me five months of rehab from rotator cuff surgery and a repaired collar bone.

My bump technique is good enough to ski with my bindings set at 7.5 where they should be. The only time I crank my bindings up max is when going backcountry or skiing steeps and rocks. Where one can't think about release. I also ask someone nearby if my boots look clean when I step in. This time I didn't and I payed the piper.

I also think it's time to do a release check again. Just to make sure they are ok.
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

Is it a coincidence that ski pre release and revolver being cocked both go click?

I think not.

How did you like Phil up the tree?
Have another pain killer 

 

Phil belongs up a tree. He better work on his game some more.

Ok to the pain killer.
post #7 of 7
Mine too, but I go really fast and every once in a while I'll slam into a rut or a squared off bump at speed and off it comes at standard setting.  It may only happen once a season (especially when skiing crud on bumps), but I want it coming off -0- percent of the time.

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My bump technique is good enough to ski with my bindings set at 7.5 where they should be.
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