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Old 12.02.2011, 20:27
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Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

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On Thursday I went skiing for the first time, with my Swiss partner who can ski. After spending a few hours on and off my bottom I had mastered the kiddie run and could brake and make turns etc. Obv with no grace! I then decided to try a proper blue run. Long story short: I lost control and hurtled down the slope, unable to brake and ended up being airlifted off the piste after crashing down the mountain, hitting a few trees and landing a good few metres down a ditch away from the end of the slope. I was taken to hospital with suspected spinal fractures/compression. Amazing I have got away with severe bruising and very painful back and hip. I am now terrified at the thought of going again but I do want to try (once I can walk ok and dress myself again!). I realise I took things to quickly for my first day but is there any where to go that has slopes that are gentler than a blue slope? Do you think I will ever manage it? Right now I couldn't even contemplate a repeat performance. I think if I hadn't been wearing a helmet and had some luck on my side I think I may not be here to tell the tale. Is it possible to get over this bad experience?
Sorry for the ramble, feeling really painful and stupid at the moment.

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Old 12.02.2011, 20:28
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Bravo !! Get back up there and try try again...
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Old 12.02.2011, 20:33
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Don't be too hard on yourself, there are many areas where you can gain confidence in no time, am sure there will be lots of ideas from EF'ers wth more info than me in the local areas.

Even seasoned skiers have accidents

Enjoy the sport as soon as you are fit again
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Old 12.02.2011, 20:45
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

I never really got my skiing mojo despite loving the idea of it and trying quite a few times .. so respect to you for wanting to get back out there.

Get better soon, bruised ego and all.
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Old 12.02.2011, 20:45
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

I'm so glad you got away with just some bruises. It must have been quite scary. But it's good to hear you are in good spirits and ready (at least mentally) to get back in the saddle gain (so to speak! )

You already know that you will need to stay on the bunny slope much much longer until you can stop properly and get yourself a good professional instructor.

Wishing you quick healing of those bruises.
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Sorry to hear about your first bad experience on the slopes. When I first tried skiing three years ago I was a total beginner and learnt near Einsiedeln in Brunni and Bennau. I think I had fallen more then 100 times during the first year with minor cuts and bruises but again everytime I went flying, I would wear the helmet which saved my life. We raise and fall. This is sometimes a price to pay if we want to learn skiing asap and take it to another level. No pain no gain. Get well and take calculated risk next time around. Good luck and hope you have REGA
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Hi,
On Thursday I went skiing for the first time, with my Swiss partner who can ski. After spending a few hours on and off my bottom I had mastered the kiddie run and could brake and make turns etc. Obv with no grace! I then decided to try a proper blue run. Long story short: I lost control and hurtled down the slope, unable to brake and ended up being airlifted off the piste after crashing down the mountain, hitting a few trees and landing a good few metres down a ditch away from the end of the slope. I was taken to hospital with suspected spinal fractures/compression. Amazing I have got away with severe bruising and very painful back and hip. I am now terrified at the thought of going again but I do want to try (once I can walk ok and dress myself again!). I realise I took things to quickly for my first day but is there any where to go that has slopes that are gentler than a blue slope? Do you think I will ever manage it? Right now I couldn't even contemplate a repeat performance. I think if I hadn't been wearing a helmet and had some luck on my side I think I may not be here to tell the tale. Is it possible to get over this bad experience?
Sorry for the ramble, feeling really painful and stupid at the moment.

Dani
sorry. i had to laugh when i read your post.

but i think you're maybe pushing too fast. it might save your neck if you get proper ski lessons.

fwiw, i did almost the same thing when i was first learning and hurtled straight down the slope. luckily i survived intact.
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Old 12.02.2011, 21:16
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Take proper lessons. You'll enjoy the sport more and feel safer on the slopes.

I never took lessons and still regret not doing it to this day.

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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Try paragliding ! More fun and much safer than skiing.
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Old 12.02.2011, 22:35
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

I really admire the fact that you have not given up and want to start again..

I used to show jump and after a terrible fall lost my confidence and it never returned.

Hope that the bruises heal and you get back on the skis soon
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Old 12.02.2011, 22:36
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

How cool! I've always wondered how to get a helicopter tour over a mountain range without paying too much.

I went skiing for the first time a few weeks ago. Two hours with an instructor, two hours on our own. Never left the kiddie slope. Your day sounds more exciting (but I still preferred it my way!).
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Am I right in thinking that Swiss slopes only have three grades - blue, red and black ( apart from the absolute beginner level). No green?

If so, I would stay on the beginners levels until I was completely sure I could turn and stop effectively. It seems that slopes here are often narrow, making it difficult to do beginner level, wide turns. Plus there are trees and cliffs.....

Engelberg has a lovely, wide open beginner level - a good place to practise the turns until you can do them effectively and confidently, plus it's a good place to practice going faster down in a straight line, then come to a stop (eeerrr, don't fall over the fast little three year olds though) Today was a blissful, sunny day on that slope, with not very many people to dodge on it.

And I agree, have a couple of lessons from a professional - partners are generally NOT the best people to learn from. Just meet up with the partner for lunch.
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I've never had a lesson.

And I used to race.

Such is life.

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Old 12.02.2011, 23:15
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Am I right in thinking that Swiss slopes only have three grades - blue, red and black ( apart from the absolute beginner level). No green?
I've never heard of "green", what is it?

Blue is baby, red is normal, black is for those who know how to ski well.

Green?

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And I used to race.
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Lucky you. Learning how to ski as an adult is much harder than as a child. Perhaps you have a knack for it but many don't.

Perhaps you just needed to brag a bit?
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I've never heard of "green", what is it?

Blue is baby, red is normal, black is for those who know how to ski well.

Green?

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Green is baby slopes in North America, the equivalent of Blue.
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Sorry to hear about the accident but glad that it wasn't too serious.

Just put this down to experience and get back on the slopes when you are ready, just take things more slowly, take a few lessons and you'll make a safe skier - because this accident has probably given you a feeling of respect towards the mountain, a healthy respect.

Good skiers still have accidents so don't let it put you off.
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Just done a quick search - seems I had learnt on green, but still in a 3 colour system. It does appear though, that there can , at times, be quite a difference in the criteria used for coding between individual fields, even with in a country - something that beginners and near beginners need to be well aware of. Snow all well above tree line where I learnt, so one obstacle I didn't have to worry about.
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Blue is baby, red is normal, black is for those who know how to ski well.

Green?

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Green is beginners slope.

Sometimes free ride areas with huge moguls are marked on light green (if you wear sunglasses). I have challenged one in Andermatt from Gemstock. It's a vicious ride

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