Got stuck in a tree well. (White Pass)
I went to White Pass yesterday the snow was great. It was on the main mountain not Paradise Basin, I came down the main catwalk and took it to the 3 Chair( there is a pack of trees to the way right off the top of the 3 chair) I went through there and was going too fast for being the last run of the day. I lost control and ended up in the tree well and sunk about 4 ft right away (I'm 5 ft 7 inches.) one end of my board was up against the tree and the other was in 4 ft of snow. I unstrapped my left binding and tried to push up against the tree to get my right leg free. That ended up twisting my knee under the pressure of the snow and I sunk in the snow, now the snow was at the bottom of my neck, and my knee is still twisted. I dug the snow out by my right leg I could barely see my right foot. Luckily there was a few roots in hands reach so I could pull myself out. Which I could barley do since I was exhausted from digging my foot out. It felt like the snow was pulling me down I didn't have any foot holes or anything. The things that were going through my mind were “the lift is about 150ft away so I could yell for help If necessary”, “ Well if I get out of here this is gonna put a dent in my ski season”. It was frightening having that happen. People suffocate in tree wells all the time and I was lucky to make it out with a busted up knee and a pulled hammy.
Last edited by Chris; 12-28-2012 at 06:17 PM.