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Always check the landing area
I'm sure most of you know about this, but there are two stories I recently heard that reminded me about this. Always make sure to check out where you're landing when in the backcountry. I recently learned of a snowboarder who was jumping of a cliff with his friends. They had jumped this cliff before and there was lots of new snow. So the snowboarder decides to go bigger than before but ends up landing on rocks that had been hidden inches below the snow. He nearly died, but the medics managed to get him hooked up to some tubes to help him breath. Another story I heard from the Powder forums. The person was jumping off a kicker and ended up hitting a tree stump just at the surface of the snow. Luckily his helmet saved him from much damage to the head.
Yeah I know, when I was first getting into building backcountry kickers around my house(I live in the mountains) my dad told me to always walk around and probe the landing.
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yeah thats probably a good idea..
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... but whatever the leaders of our sport are crack addicts so who knows whats gonna happen.'
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is just soemthing tanner Hall made up
THC is 'conincidently' the name of the drug in Marijuana... And the designers of the skis 'conincindently' smoke so much weed
my brothers friend was hiting a cliff in a glade and he landed on a stump, he went sideways, and his stomach went right into a tree. He tore his adominals, and his apendex i think.
I drop an in bounds 25 footer at Alyeska today, and landed backseat right on a big ass rock covered in a few inches of snow. Yeah, could have been worse for sure
My friend went off a natural table top in early season, and got kicked back off the lip and uncovered a huge rock with his tale bone. He got fingered by the doctor.
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Heh. Yeah, the tree-stump-bashed-in-helmet-guy is me. I knew the little tree branch was there in the landing, but I didn't know that it was connected to a 3 inch thick tree *stump* right underneath the snow.
Only had that Giro 9 for about 20 ski days too. That sucked.
Sooo.... Scope your landings and poke around in them to see if there are any hidden surprises. I would have been a vegetable if I hadn't had a helmet on. :(
one day this year I hat this step up but came up a bit short and my ski smashed into a rock, the tip exploded... that's about extreme as it gets in Ontario... yea. oh yea, and the same day I dropped a small drop and landed on a 2X4 sitting on the ground, took a big gouge out of my base... ONTARIO!!!
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