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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2173 posts, RR: 36
Posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 873 times:

Well unfortunately they do happen. The father of one of my cousin's boyfriends passed away this weekend after a skiing accident (hit a tree), even though he was a good skier.

Last year, a colleague of my mom got stuck at the exit of a chairlift, becoming paraplegic.

They seem to be very frequent (I already know 3 other people who died whilst skiing). What measures can be done to prevent such things from happening (nets, laws to wear helmets,etc...).

Runway23

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 858 times:

Nets would be good if stupid fools were not cutting them up all the time, like on the Valloire slopes.

UTA



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 846 times:

Runway23 - I can call myself an experienced skier, when I was younger I used to compete and had my share of accidents, the worst I had was when an idiot decided it was a smart idea to cross the track while me an my teammates were training for the following day event. I saw him at the very last moment and, to avoid smashing into him, I slammed against a cable car pole, fortunately covered by a protection bumper. I broke my right upper leg, three ribs and two fingers and I consider myself lucky, considered that I was speeding at about 50 MPH.
This to say that the main danger while skiing comes from other skiers. People do very stupid things, for inexperience, stupidity, carelessness. I think a license should be released to skiers after a brief training on some basic -yet very important- issues as "look around", "you're not alone", "watch the signs", "know your skill level, don't self-train, get an instructor"... This would significantly decrease the number of accidents and improve everyone's enjoyment methinks.
Also placing protections such as nets and bumpers alone is not enough, a lot of attention should be put in safety issues BEFORE starting the project of a new track.
Last but not least: Do not go skiing off-track without an experienced guide. Too many stupid deaths by avalanches here.

BTW, I love Switzerland for skiing!!!  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 844 times:

I am an avid skier, and I still think most accidents are caused by people skiing beyond their abilities, out of bounds, and out of control.

Sure, there are risks, but if people would follow the simple rules of sport there would be far fewer deaths and injuries.

BTW, on Thursday I am off to Sued Tyrol for my Ski Vacation!!!!

http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/default.asp?L=3


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Dtwclipper - Great choice!!!  Big thumbs up the place is beautiful, to me the best place to ski in Europe. Try the Sella Ronda tour: a whole skiing day in superb landscapes. You'll have a great time for sure, enjoy skiing in Italy!  Smile


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 826 times:

CURLYHEADBOY:

This is my fourth trip, it's a pain to get to for us, but we love it there.

We stay in Kastelruth, do you know it?

dtwclipper


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21423 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 808 times:

I just went skiing in Snowmass, and it was pretty good.

But the best I've done so far has be Val d'Isere in the French Alps. Nothing in the US comes close.

-Mir



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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2173 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 805 times:

when you say snowmass, is that like (quand) annemasse salève, the famous northern elbonian ski resort and mountain?

the rhaat

[Edited 2005-02-14 15:50:41]

User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 788 times:

I hurt myself in a big jump about 5 years ago. The jump that we been using the whole day collapsed under me (it was very late in the spring) - I was told that I was going a bit more to the left than normally on the edge of the jump! My speed was very fast and jump was really big. Unfortunately I didn't "flew" all the way to the normal landing area but slammed on top of it which was pure ice and hard as concrete! I broke a collarbone, multiple ribs, arm in two different place, fractured my thigh bone, and got a serious concussion - without a helmet I would not be here to tell the story! Not that I remember anything about it (still)!

I have been skiing since I was 5 and also raced for about 10 years until I was 17 and that is the only accident where I hurt myself - not that I have not been involved in one before!

Main point for every skier, good or bad, is the helmet - it saved my life!. Even if you trust yourself and your own skills you never know when someone else bangs into you at speed of 80Km/h!!!



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 788 times:

Dtwclipper- I know it but never stayed! Enjoy yourself, good to hear you liked it and came again  Smile

DABZF - Main point for every skier, good or bad, is the helmet - it saved my life!. Even if you trust yourself and your own skills you never know when someone else bangs into you at speed of 80Km/h!!!

Very good point, couldn't agree more!



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User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1059 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 763 times:

Runway23, Was the father of your cousin's boyfriend skiing in Colorado this past weekend by chance? I have been hit once while skiing when I was little. Another guy was out of control and he ran into me. I broke my colar bone. Thats it.

Dinker



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User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 767 times:

Sorry if this is out of topic but I just love skiing in the French Alps. I've been to Valloire when I was younger, les Gets and Val Thorens and loved it all. I learned to sky with the ESF and that was cool too.

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