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Old 12-04-2011, 07:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was boarding with a group of people a few years ago and we were like 3 wide down this one run cruising, last run of the day. I was on the ridge area where the right side of the run dipped off a little slope to a lower section. This guy went to carve up the slope towards the main part of the run and go back down but he lost control. I just see him rolling up the windows flying towards me and immediately carve hard out of the way. At 30MPH though by the time I noticed him flying through the air it was too late. Just after I start carving out of the way I get knocked out. Guess I slid face first down the run I woke up face in the snow disoriented. I sat for 30 seconds after just to regain my senses then hopped up and rode down. The next morning I couldn't get out of bed lol. I had my friend pull me out of bed then I limped to the lift line. I couldn't be mad at the other guy though for the accident. Yes he hit me but it happens and I was able to ride away.

Last year I watched a skier go literally right across the back of someones board! The skier was still looking up hill and shooting across the whole run! Oh it was great at the bottom when the boarder came up to him. I was ready to ring the bell for a boxing match. If I'm with someone I know well we can ride close and not worry because we can read eachothers moves. Otherwise I leave plenty of space all around me and most importantly don't stop on the steeper part of a run and right in the middle like so many idiots do. There will be a slight ridge then it drops off, almost guaranteed to be some beginner laying there or sitting smack in the middle of your line. I started putting on the brake every time I come up to a steeper section where I can't see the drop because of this. Totally kills my flow though where I could be popping off and dropping in. For this reason alone is why I love black diamond runs. Yeah occasionally you get some lost goons but most of the time that run is yours to claim.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I saw a kid pop of of a natural halfpipe/ bowl thing we have and do a 360 without looking. He landed on a little kid, maybe 5. Landed straight on his head. Didn't even stop until he got to the bottom and then hesitated to go back and see. The kid had to be mercy flighted.
That's really sad, he's lucky to be alive. I don't think that instructors stress to students enough that they need to LOOK and LOOK AGAIN. People who are reckless and just plow down the mountain without any regard to the well being of other people shouldn't be allowed to strap in.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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my first memorable instance of being taken out by a gaper was when i was probably 12 or 13. i was hitting a sidehit on a run and washed out the landing and slid out on by back. a split second after i landed some fucking gaper landed on my head.

he didn't ride off the scene, because he was there when i woke up. he looked so scared - he thought he had killed me or something... apparently i was out for maybe a minute and was twitching and shit... ended up with my first concussion and that was about it.

he was the first gaper, but not the last. human idiots are definitely the most dangerous thing on the mountain. i feel safer in the backcountry these days.



gapers take note: if you crash into me i am going to punch you in the face.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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In some ways it seems like there should be a better system so that speed demons can bomb a hill without having to worry about people less comfortable on steep terrain and high speeds. There are a few slopes on the mountains in lower PA that don't allow rentals; that is usually a safe bet but still have to be very aware and ready to come over any bump and there be some new or young rider sitting in the middle of the slope waiting for his friends
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Today on Seymour, I had to abort a run at a small jump at the bottom of Mushroom because there were 3 kids sitting right on the landing area. I guess being a mod is getting to me because I was actually quite polite about pointing out the problem with their choice of chill-location. Good thing too, because one of the kids pointed to another and said "he's injured". I look at the second kid and he's holding his wrist and literally shaking with pain. I said something brilliant like "holy shit" and went to get a liftie to call for first aid.

I don't know what had actually happened -- kid probably landed badly off the jump -- but in cases like that it's hard to be pissed.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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In some ways it seems like there should be a better system so that speed demons can bomb a hill without having to worry about people less comfortable on steep terrain and high speeds. There are a few slopes on the mountains in lower PA that don't allow rentals; that is usually a safe bet but still have to be very aware and ready to come over any bump and there be some new or young rider sitting in the middle of the slope waiting for his friends
It's the speed demon's responsibility to be in control and avoid people - no matter the situation. I ride faster then most people so that I'm the one in the driver's seat and not someone else - the problem is when those type of people aren't in full control. Things like sitting in the middle of the run definitely peeve me off, but if I'm going to hall ass it's my responsibility to be able to avoid them. Everyone starts out as a gaper and you generally can't blame people for being new the sport. Try halling ass switch you will probably instantly remember this
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Once, I had just arrived to the mountain. It was probably 9am, and it was my 2nd run down a lazy blue. I was just doing S turns down the hill when this skier decided to zip right by me. Unfortunately, I caught an edge... I didn't fall, but it caused me to delay the turn by a few feet, and the skier rammed right into the back of me.

I don't weight very much, so I went flying. I must of flew about 15 feet and them tumbled another 10. My left leg (which I guess took the brunt of the collision) was sore fore weeks, and I was limping. But.. fortunately, I could still snowboard! *knocks on wood*

Hope you feel better soon...
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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That sucks...hope you heal fast, boarderaholic. Ice and arnica really help. As do a good massage therapist and Chiro if you have them.

Stories like these are the reason I started wearing a helmet. I'm less concerned with the impact of my head during a fall of my own accord (been riding horses my entire life..fortunately my body knows how to fall, and I'm not reckless out there) but it's the impact from a crash, being taken out from above/behind that makes me uncomfortable.

Also why I'd rather ride weekdays than weekends. Being equidistant to both NYC and Philly, the places I normally ride are crazy busy weekends with a lot of beginners and the worst...the entitled sort.

Can't bring myself to listen to music when I ride because I'm always listening to what's behind me.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:51 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Wow that blows big time bro..Being a geezer(32 yrs) I can relate..Huge fear I have is not being able to ride cause I got hurt early on.
I can relate to that (also 32), but at this rate you won't ever leave your apartment again.
I think the best cure is 50% optimism and 50% helmet / pads

I also ride without music, it definitely helps me being more aware of my surroundings.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Yeah helmet is a biggie! I used to say fuck it that's uncomfortable and cruise just wearing my beanie. Then when I saw some accidents on the mountain and how careless some people were I don't leave without it. I still find it uncomfortable compared to a beanie but it's knowing that if I crash or someone crashes into me I won't suffer as much head trauma lol. I've had more concussions in my life even wearing helmets than it is probably safe to have. When everyone in the ER knows your name when they see you... even a year later, you know then you have had way too many accidents lol. Oh the stuff I put my parents through. My brother and I at like 10 years old tried doing backflips off a kicker into a gully filled with rocks and trees... went to the ER. I was dared to snowboard off a cliff and land into the frozen creek below... can you guess what happened? lol I never learned to draw the line between stupidity and not backing down from a challenge.
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