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On Friday May 15, Wiley Miller of Salt Lake City overshot a motocross-style jump at Stevens Pass, WA, while shooting for TGR and was injured upon impact. He was carried away in a ski patrol toboggan and ambulanced to the Leavenworth, WA, hospital. He was diagnosed with a fractured left eye socket, fractured left heel, a chipped right heel, and a concussion. Fortunately, he was up and around and smiling by the evening.
The following day, Saturday the 16th, Tanner Hall hit the same jump at around noon, and landed in the flats a bit further than where Wiley landed the day prior. He four-point landed to his skis and then his hip. Immediately upon impacting the hard, flat landing, he came to a stop. At the scene of the accident, Tanner experienced severe pain in his right knee with moderate pain in his left. He was airlifted from the jump to the Stevens Pass base area, where an ambulance transported him to the Wenatchee, WA, hospital. According to TGR’s Todd Jones who accompanied Hall to the hospital, Tanner fractured his tibial plateaus in each leg and might have possible ligament damage. He did not sustain injuries to his back or head. Currently, Hall's en route to Salt Lake City for an MRI and recovery.
Tanner's in remarkably good spirits and already talking about his plans post recovery,” says Tom Yaps, Tanner’s agent. “We'll know more regarding possible surgery and rehab after he consults with Salt Lake City doctors tomorrow. But as of now, Tanner and his family are all staying positive and looking towards the future.”
A crew of TGR athletes, filmers, and photographers has been at Stevens Pass for over a week filming for TGR’s new film, Re: Session. After a mix of rain and snow fell at Stevens Pass during the past week, the motocross-style jump was re-cut and shaped and the take-off and landings were salted for Friday’s shoot. In fact, both Tanner and Wiley hit the same jump on Thursday, the 14th, throwing back flips over the kicker in wet-snow conditions.
On a sunny, warm Friday, Wiley was the first to hit the newly shaped jump, and Tanner was the first to hit it since Wiley’s crash. Fellow skier Dash Longe speed-checked the jump with Tanner on Saturday, and he said they both expressed how they didn’t need too much speed to clear the 10-foot channel gap or the rounded knuckle, mindful of Wiley’s crash the day before. According to TGR athlete Dylan Hood, Tanner crept off the take-off and still soared well beyond the transition, landing in the flats before the transition to the next jump.
The Stevens Pass park crew, ski patrol and administration and the TGR crew acted professional, diligent, and timely in both cases. Moreover, TGR rehearsed and prepared for these specific situations earlier this winter during an avalanche workshop with their filmers, photographers, and athletes at Grand Targhee, WY.
Powder we’ll have more information on Tanner Hall’s status when available.
+++ vibes to both
at least its not his ankles
I'm wrong. Seriously, I'm sorry. Everything I've been reading makes it sound like it was the old Rage jump.
The official release is confusing. It sounds like Wiley overshot, they squeezed the jump and made it smaller and then Tanner overshot even more. That seems messed up, but you were there and I wasn't.
Sounds like the picks here were from before they reshaped it. Schlopy was on here earlier. Maybe he could give us the scoop, as he was there according to the TGR release. Everyone's kind of speculating and jumping to conclusions including me. It would be nice to get it from a first hand account.
I couldn't agree more. That overhead shot of it that now seals it for me. It looks like the tranny is really mellow and isn't really steep at the top, then the landing hill is way steep. That means that your margin for error is really small. Toss in that channel gap and you have an disaster waiting to happen. For them to safely hit the landing hill they would have felt like they were just creeping along.
They built a few jumps like that at Vail in the past and everyone was overshooting including me with a shovel in my hand, but that was only falling from about 15 feet. These guys were dropping from about 45 feet or more I'd wager. Sorry, that's just dumbass jump construction.
Like what they build for the X-games moto x best trick. Big ramp or dirt kicker over gap to landing. They're not new, but usually they have a longer landing hill. Also, the jumps that are built right have about the same take off and landing angle unless it is a super huge gap.
The slower you're going, the more you are going to fly in a rainbow arc. It's hard to describe without a diagram, but if the take off is shallow and the landing is steep and short like it was here, your speed has to be almost perfect to hit the landing. There is a very thin margin between knuckling and going long.
Building a jump? If your take off is going to be about 35 degrees, make sure your landing is about 35 degrees. If you are building something with a huge gap, which I hope no one's doing unless they have built a shit load of jumps; make the take off closer to 30 degrees. The farther out you travel in the air, the more your forward momentum slows. You then start dropping faster, so on bigger gaps, good jump builders shallow the takeoff a bit. Otherwise skiers will stall out and won't be able to make it to the landing.
The builders for this jump, shallowed the takeoff on a jump where you didn't need much speed and only needed about 15 feet of distance to clear the knuckle. Also there was a big penalty for coming up short, which was at least in the back of the skiers' minds.
I'm not saying that we need any kind of jump code inforcement, but digital laser angle measures are about $500. If anybody is building a big jump for the GP or for a shoot like this and they don't have one of those tools; they are idiots. Sorry to call those guys out, but Tanner at least is lucky his spine didn't shatter. Toby Dawson did the same thing and he almost bled out internally before they could fly him to Denver.
I'd say JO is on the short list of the best and smartest jump builders. He would be a good guy to copy.