Doing both mtb and snowboarding the best gear you can get for safety is a nice spine protector. Id much rather get a broken jaw or concussion that being paralised and have had close calls with snowboarding and mtb with out it. Most under rated peice of gear to date.
A spine protector does make falls to your back a non-issue, but if I am just taking it easy then I leave it in the room
Read on another forum: "If someone held a gun to my head and said, "You have to move to Salida tomorrow", I'd probably do it. If they told me I had to go to Breckenridge instead, I think I'd just let them pull the trigger."