Worst moments of the winter
25th April 2010
Injury, theft, teaching on the nursery slope on powder day and rain. It seems only fair to ask what were the worst moments of the season too.
“Not going skiing at all because I couldn’t afford it! I read PlanetSKI throughout the winter and that probably made it worse seeing what fun everyone else was having. Next winter I will sell my flat to get out there if I have to 🙂 Keep up the good work. I love the web site.” Ed Brotherton, PlanetSKI reader.
“The worst moment of the season was a pretty low point for me. Failed clutch on a brand new car. Stranded half way up the mountain to La Plagne. Fortunately we were rescued by a couple of very helpful locals. Some very unhappy passengers complaining for hours. But we did meet some new drinking buddies!” Chris Friend, PlanetSKI reader.
“(1) Having to cancel ski trips to Seefeld and Sochi in Jan because of too much snow at home. (2) Eating sea slugs in a sushi bar in Niseko with a load of Aussies who thought it was a great delicacy (apart from foul taste and texture, I’m vegetarian so don’t know if I broke the rules, was it’ ‘meat’ or not?).(3) Having to turn down a ski trip to California last week as had to catch up with work/family.” Patrick Thorne, ski journalist.
“Worst was a weekend in March at the tiny Wisp resort in western Maryland, USA. It had been a legendary winter in this part of the Appalachians with feet upon feet of snow……….until we arrived……….and it rained non-stop for two days.” Simon Wilson, PlanetSKI reader.
“Getting a phone call to say that my nomination for the British Olympic team had been withdrawn. It was just devastating to have something I had worked so hard for, for so long, taken away leaving me feeling totally empty.” Dougie Crawford, British Alpine ski champion.
“A slow twisting fall coming off Mont Gele in Verbier. Lying on my back looking at my left boot in the air and seeing how sloooowly it was twisting out of the binding. Imagination ran riot. I suppose another Best Moment was that split second later when it actually DID come out.” Charles Pritchard, PlanetSKI reader.
“Teaching on the beginner slopes when there was fresh powder on the mountain – sometimes the job can suck even in the most beautiful office in the world!” Freddie, ski instructor.
“Having my skis stolen in Val Thorens, Bastards.” Anon.
“The worst moment was waking up in Avoriaz and seeing the whole of the mountain from top top bottom battered by gale strength winds and rain! It completely finished most of the snow for the remaining part of the week in early March.” Adrian Lamb, PlanetSKI reader.
“If I had to just name one worst moment of the season it’s probably the very first day of the season way back in November, when we’d set off to get our first tracks of the season and by lunchtime my mate Gareth had been put in a helicopter and flown off with a broken back (just clipped a rock under the snow about 70cm from the edge of the piste and fell awkwardly. Unbelievably unlucky). He’s skiing again now but it was a pretty traumatic few hours waiting to find out what he’d done. The second place worst moment was all the times people complained that “it’s not as good as last season” when it was clearly still amazing here – and last year’s epic snow was clearly just a freak.” Guy Ordway, PlanetSKI reporter and instructor with Performance Ski School.
“Standing on the mountainside with my wife and 2 other children watching a helicopter take off with my 13 year old daughter Natasha in it as it disappeared into the distance on its way to a specialist hospital down in the valley. She had fallen badly and had a suspected serious back injury. It took 2 different types of blood wagon to get her down the mountain and several members of the ski patrol as she was unable to move. I am pleased to say it was not serious or permanent, though she cannot ski at the moment.” James Cove, PlanetSKI content editor.
“Things at ski races never go 100% to ones plan and my worst moment of the season was firstly the cancelation of the British Ski Clubs races in Austria because of lack of snow – so annoying! Secondly crashing in the Senior Super-G at the British Championships in Meribel, hitting my head at quite a speed and then sliding down the mountain to a stop – I was fine – the bad bit; my parents had skied over to come and watch that race and just had to watch the whole crash. Oh dear!” Ben Clatworthy, PlanetSKI reporter.
For the other side of the coin, the best moments of the season, see here.