Thanks, ski patrol |

Thanks, ski patrol

Dear Editor:Two days ago, I had the injury we skiers often think about and hear about but hope will never happens to us. As usual, it happened on the last run of the day. Three of us dropped into Gowdy’s at Snowmass, a run I’d done a number of times previously, but this time I didn’t survive the jump off the cornice. I started to tumble backward at high speed, my binding didn’t release and I felt something pop in my knee. Intuitively, I knew what it meant but my rational mind tried to talk the injury away. I collected the equipment I’d just dispersed in my yard sale and tested the knee. It felt OK, and thinking I was invincible, I believed that I just needed to take it easy from now on so that I could still ski the next day. The first turn to the right in the powder produced two more decent pops and a yelp that surprised me. The ski patrol was doing its final sweep of the day, but I still didn’t want to admit defeat and take a ride down in the “banana boat.” So I continued to try and make it down on my own by zig-zagging backward and forward down the slope. Reality finally dawned and I came to the rather obvious conclusion that being helped down the mountain was probably a better option than risking further damage.And here is the real reason for my letter – just to say thanks to Snowmass Ski Patrol. Talk about professionals; not only were they highly competent at their jobs, but they had a great bedside manner as well. There was no judgment or criticism, their only concern was my safety, comfort and long-term health. I was wrapped up like a mummy – or as the patrollers like to put it, “a burrito” – and the trip down was actually a great experience. I even had a police escort on a Ski-Doo! It’s a little embarrassing that so many people had to be involved, but it just made me think again that the Aspen Ski Co. does it right. They do not compromise on service.So, thanks again. I’m going home soon to start the rehab so that I can be back here for next season. Where are the employment applications for ski patrol?Dave RobertsNew Zealand

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