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The conditions at my hill were less than ideal last night. The trails were very grooved, and a lot of icey grooves and washes from a lot of activity. So I skied last night more cautious, and just tried honing my traversing skills with this peticular terrain. There was definately minimal bite with my edges as compared to past trips to this same hill. It's about 9PM, the crowds are thinning, so I decide to get more aggressive. I start down my preffered trail, and i'm in a sweet rythem, and flowing great, I observe 2 snowboarders just sitting about 40 ft apart in fron of me, so I need to move far right to pass them, I see what looks to be some moderate bumps, so I try to avoid them and moove more right (i'm getting close to the woods line now) and all of a sudden it's crusty hard icy snow, and I just completely lost my bite and went down ! Man it was ugly, felt like I was barrel rolling down the hill for a mile... I slammed my head off the surface so friggin' hard, I thought I hit a cement wall instead of snow. This morning i'm spent, my left side took the brunt, but no worries in a few days i'll ready again.  So I went from "hero to zero" in 60 feet !   :) All of my gear got ejected during the crash, and one of the ski patrol workers, came over to see if I needed assistance, and he was even nice enough to grab one of my skis and a pole that was spread out up the hill. He was an older, veteran skier (obviously ). After he realized I was ok, we chatted for a bit. He laughingly commented "Congratulations... you had your first "yard sale"!  Me the newb asked "whats a yard sale" ?  He said "when all your gear is scatterd all over the hill from a good crash".   Now that was FUNNY  !!!  I laughed in pain all the way (slowly) down the hill !
 
Three things I learned last night.... 1) Always wear a helmet IMO, and 2) STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE OF THE TRAIL AFTER A TON OF RAIN DAMAGED THE TRAILS PREVIOUSLY !!!!     3) Just take a less risky chance and hit the bumps instead of skiing around them !!!   Cheers !
                                     Rich
Edited by richkay228 - 2/5/10 at 5:30am
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Originally Posted by richkay228 View Post

The conditions at my hill were less than ideal last night. The trails were very grooved, and a lot of icey grooves and washes from a lot of activity. So I skied last night more cautious, and just tried honing my traversing skills with this peticular terrain. There was definately minimal bite with my edges as compared to past trips to this same hill. It's about 9PM, the crowds are thinning, so I decide to get more aggressive. I start down my preffered trail, and i'm in a sweet rythem, and flowing great, I observe 2 snowboarders just sitting about 40 ft apart in fron of me, so I need to move far right to pass them, I see what looks to be some moderate bumps, so I try to avoid them and moove more right (i'm getting close to the woods line now) and all of a sudden it's crusty hard icy snow, and I just completely lost my bite and went down ! Man it was ugly, felt like I was barrel rolling down the hill for a mile... I slammed my head off the surface so friggin' hard, I thought I hit a cement wall instead of snow. This morning i'm spent, my left side took the brunt, but no worries in a few days i'll ready again.  So I went from "hero to zero" in 60 feet !   :) All of my gear got ejected during the crash, and one of the ski patrol workers, came over to see if I needed assistance, and he was even nice enough to grab one of my skis and a pole that was spread out up the hill. He was an older, veteran skier (obviously ). After he realized I was ok, we chatted for a bit. He laughingly commented "Congratulations... you had your first "yard sale"!  Me the newb asked "whats a yard sale" ?  He said "when all your gear is scatterd all over the hill from a good crash".   Now that was FUNNY  !!!  I laughed in pain all the way (slowly) down the hill !
 
Three things I learned last night.... 1) Always wear a helmet IMO, and 2) STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE OF THE TRAIL AFTER A TON OF RAIN DAMAGED THE TRAILS PREVIOUSLY !!!!     3) Just take a less risky chance and hit the bumps instead of skiing around them !!!   Cheers !
                                     Rich

You don't need to wear a helmet if you have been skiing forever and never crashed. Once you get to a certain level your old guy steez, perfectly feathered 80' hairdoo, and bogner fartbag will provide all the protection you need.
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

You don't need to wear a helmet if you have been skiing forever and never crashed.

Interesting statement.  That's like saying you don't need brakes on your car if you've been driving for years and you've never had to stop.  Was that your intent?  Who hasn't ever crashed?
post #4 of 11
Hooked one ecimmortal.


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post #6 of 11
Another "fish on"!!!

First run on new hart gremlins, too big for me at the time.  Hooked an edge and began tumbling,,   Got whacked in the back if the head as the "safety strap" converted my ski to a 160 cm double edge razor sharp nun chuck,  Then, the :safety strap" popped loose and by the time I regained consciousness I was missing one of my brand new skis So I'm sitting there in the snow holding a hand full of snow on the bloody gash across the back of my head for a few minutes,   That was the first time I skied on one ski.   It only took an hour to find the other one thanks to some patrols and lifties helping me

Now that we have ski brakes and helmets  Back then we had neither.
post #7 of 11
Watched 4 maniacs, bent over at the waist, arms out poles up, flying down a blue run. 
First one ran off the washboard and into about 6" of powder along one side the rest followed. 
They one at a time started tumbling end over end down the run, ski's, goggles, gloves, poles, everywhere.  Best yard sale I have ever seen. 
Everyone on the lift cheered them. 
Not one of them was wearing a helmet.  But in their case a helmet would have been counterproductive to natural selection.   They all should have been awarded an honorable mention in the Darwin awards.
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I gave up competitively racing motocross about 6 years ago  because I was getting nervous about continued hard crashes...

now just a year ago, I decide to try skiing...... guess what's not really changed ?  
post #9 of 11
Can happen to anyone.  I have a black and blue hip from slidding out on a patch of ice left over from the race course.  After training they rehabbed by sidesliping the bumps out, but all that did for me was hide the ice, not that I would have seen it anyway.  I was doing my best to carve ever-tighter turns at speed, as I had been doing while they were race training beside me.   I was really cranking one out and had moved over into the old course to avoid some other skiers, when the feet just lost it.  Now that I think of it, I have been getting a little lazy and hadn't kept my edges sharp.  Hitting the surface with my hip wasn't so bad, it was running over the skis that came off when they touched down (old habit of getting back up after a bit of a hip-check - doesn't work as well with short shaped skis at lower DINS).   I had a helmet, but didn't hit my head.  Keep your head up!
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

 Keep your head up!
 

Many years ago a wise old  race mentor friend of mine made a comment to me that has, and forever will stick in my mind as law. It applies to EVERYTHING that involves speed and focus :

"Keep your head up, look AHEAD, think AHEAD"
post #11 of 11
 As your ski career progresses it will evolve from conquering new terrain to conquering the pain of mangled joints and bruised body parts.
 Everyone loves a good yard sale
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