Last Thursday, I came over a jump and found my friend lying below with his helmet another 30 feet below him. He had one arm in the air, his eyes wsnowboarder ere rolled backl, and he appeared to be having a seizure. I put my gloves behind his head to cushion it and then hiked to block off the jump. I called ski patrol by shouting up the lift, and then I waited at his side. I didn't think to ask him standard "where do you live" "what day is it" questions because I assumed patrol would do that in their assessment. His twitching continued for a few minutes and I was quite worried by the time patrol got there.
4 days later, he is back in school with a broken humorous and no memory of 20 minutes surrounding his overshooting the jump.
I hated the feeling of helplessness and kept cursing myself that I wasn't confident that there was nothing else to be done. This is the second time I've dealt with a friend immediately after a concussion, and both times I felt like I could have done more to help.
I would appreciate it if someone could compile a sticky thread or maybe even a front page article describing the steps to take when you or a companion is injured. As with avalanche rescue, the first minutes are the most critical, and often your own party can help as much as ski patrol. If you're prepared...