Delibrate1 seems to always post those "issues" that make you think!
I am a better skier because of my injuries! Perhaps I am a better man also because of them! They have made me more humble, more respectful of nature.
While in the past it was the "get as many runs in as possible attitude", or the "go as fast as possible" attitude", now it is,,,,,,I am in this for the long haul! Till 100!
I have learned to allow the skis to do the work for me! I have learned to know my limits, so when my son "invites" me to try that chute, that "not so well managed" trail,,,I smile and say, "go ahead and I will meet you at bottom"!
I also have learned some key points.
1. Always verify ski trail before going fast!
2.Always take 1or 2 easy warm up runs before,,,
3.Always tune and wax skis for top level performance
4. Always check bindings every month
5.Never ski with "the flock". You know,,,, those 4-7 friends who stop at same place, ski at same pace and fall at same pitch!
6.Never ski with person well below or well above your ability! Many an accident occurs at those "easy" runs when a new skier hits you or those "experts" who want to show you "how" expert they are.
7.Careful of the Wednesday crashes! That is the day ski week tourists get sore, weak legs but still want to get their money's worth!
8.Be more observant of the "flow" of skiers. Seems more and more accidents happened due to traffic and there is a pattern to this flow! It comes in waves! Be ahead of this wave!
9.Be respectful of nature and others,,thus give lots of distance to trees, rocks, frightened skiers and yes those "experts"!
10. Finally,,know your limit (emotional and physical)! Seems the trend now is to do "extreme" skiing without know really what you can do! Nature knows what it can do to you,,,,and will if you cross that line!
Smart man that Delibratte1,,,,he will be a better skier in 2010 and all the other 50 years of skiing.
Live to ski,,,,,ski to live