High Speed Ski Crash at over 200kph

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In this video depicting a high speed ski crash, the professional skier appeared to have lost control and then took a big fall. With that said, I’m sure the skier is fine because his outfit provided much protection. Not to mention, he can be seen talking to reporters at the end of the video.

Most distracted viewers probably didn’t even notice that his ski broke in half after it was detached. The detached ski shows the strong impact of the skier’s fall. It seems like both the skier and the ski took a beating.

I thought this video was really scary. Fortunately, the professional wasn’t hurt badly, but the fall could have been a lot worse, even deadly. It was so great to see him standing tall at the end. He is definitely an inspiration to the skiing community.

I think that the video was authentic. The only lesson that could be learned is that practice makes perfect.

Ski Fail on Halfpipe

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The skier appears to have a good level of comfort skiing. However, he did not seem to be bothered or very surprised when he lost the skis? I can’t help wondering rather or not this was an intentional stunt or maybe this has happened previously to the person in the video. Maybe next time he will consider double checking their DIN settings, so that the skis stay on. I was happy that he had a safe fall, it looked as if it could have really hurt! I think most people can see the humor in failed attempts as long as they don’t result in injuries and end with everyone laughing!

He just Keeps Going!

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This video was pretty intense from the start. The slope looks steep! When you see the skier start falling, you can only imagine how this is going to turn out. As he slides down the mountain, you expect that he will slow or stop soon. However, he just keeps going! The first person perspective of this video is fantastic, it gives such a great view of a situation. You can’t help watching and wondering what is going through the skiers mind. When he finally stops, you can hear what sounds like sincere relief in his voice. Thankful he was wearing a helmet and eventually stopped safely!

Help, I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

Hey y’all out there. The rest of the ski season has been canceled…three guesses why…so I’m back blogging about the badges of injury that we carry with us. I thought I’d start out by watching and doing commentary on wipeout videos. Here’s my first attempt:

The video starts off in the middle of the event, because of this you do not get a good understanding of how the woman falls to begin with. While watching the man behind her attempt to help pick her up, you think she is about to be back up on her feet in no time! However, to my surprise not only was she still on the ground, he went down with her. At the point in which they are both laying on the lift struggling to get up, I did find the humor in this situation. Falling in skis is an obstacle of its own, but falling in skis on a moving belt is a totally different challenge. Luckily the guy realized fast that his best option to get back on his feet was to abandon the skis!

Tips Up

I know that most of the submissions on this site are for accidents that happen on the mountain, but mine takes place slightly before.  Chairlifts are one of the fastest, most efficient means of getting up the mountain. More versatile than J-lifts and able to travel farther distances, they’ve become the gold standard for traversing steeps and reaching the peak. Unfortunately, chairlifts can be dangerous. Limited security and the lack of restraints can cause inexperienced skiers to fall, sometimes sustaining serious injuries in the process. Luckily, this is not the foundation for my chairlift “Blue Room” story. Mine is a lot dumber. 

I used to ski with a pretty big group of friends. The eight of us would take up two full quad chairs, and we’d often board one after the other. Order was always random, but I tended to like getting in the first chair; getting to the peak before the second half of the group, even if just by thirty seconds, always provided a few moments of peace before the eight of us started heading down. I’d push myself to the front of the group and try to snag one of the side seats—I hated sitting in the middle. 

Unfortunately, a large group of college-aged men is kind of a recipe for disaster. We were reckless on the mountain, shooting over trail lips without surveying the terrain, bombing past beginners, and racing each other through trees and glades. This roughhousing also applied to our lifts up. While we never endangered each other on the chairlifts, there was always some light pushing and shoving when it was time to board.  

So, here’s what happened. Four of us were about to sit in the first lift, and the other four were skating up behind to catch the second. Those of us in front had our torsos turned around to talk/lightly jab at the four behind. I had my side seat and was trying to elbow the friend directly behind me—in jest, of course. This stupidity ended up putting me in a pretty tough situation.  

I hadn’t been paying close attention to the chair swinging around to pick us up. Still preoccupied with teasing my friend, I was caught by surprise—the chairlift hit while I was still standing. Rather than knocking me onto the seat, I fell forward, faceplanting onto the packed powder. Before the operator could stop the chairlift, It was directly over my body. It had clicked off my skis, so my legs were safe, but it plowed right over me. Once the operator stopped the lift, I was able to stand up (unscathed) and survey the damage. My skis and body were fine, but the lift had caught my planted pole, bending it at a 90-degree angle. I stupidly held the bent piece of metal up to my friends, who promptly burst into laughter. I’m lucky the damage wasn’t more severe (quad chairs are heavy and strong), but damn, they will never let me live that down.