Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: behind that tree, ontario
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had it happen a number of times. i tend to ride fast and on the east coast, so its pretty common.
i always ride in control... but to me, that means enough control that worst case scenarios are me hurting myself... even if it "might" be someone elses fault, i still know that downhill has the right of way... just like someone else posted.. similar to driving. a rear end accident is always the fault of the person behind, even if it was totally avoidable if the front person wasn't being inconsiderate.
i guess worst one was last run of last year. going from peak to my condo at blackcomb in april. so a little tired by the bottom, pretty slushy, so my legs were getting a bit jellyish... i'm sticking to the sides as they weren't as busy and i could keep my speed... skier a ways down starts making erratic turns and cuts off a boarder bombing past me. the boarder has to make a big sharp turn to avoid him and therefore cuts me off huge. i had to ride off the snow to avoid a collision. basically, board hits dirt and rocks, and comes to an abrupt stop, i fly over forwards... result was a broken wrist and two solid core shots to my board... not to mention almost tearing my lovely onepiece!
i'm sure if i hung around, someone would have helped, but i attempted to pop right back up and ride the last few hundred feet before turning off to my condo. but... i don't know.. i think i was embarrassed. no one likes to fall.
as for helping those hurt, my wife is a patroller, so its now instilled in me to look for injuries, clean litter, make sure people hitting jumps have helmets.. all that fun stuff.
sarcasm... yeah... like THAT will ever catch on...