Archive for March, 2009

Injuries on the Slopes

Posted in Uncategorized on 2009/03/30 by cfoster7


As an instructor I was told a proper procedure to follow if one of my students gets hurt during a lesson.  I have never had to use this procedure, but it can be a common occurrence given the riding conditions, level of the rider, and level of the instructor.


If the rider gets hurt, but is able to move you should:

Take them inside to ski patrol.


If there is more than one student in the lesson, then ask another instructor on the hill to watch your class and take the injured rider to ski patrol.

At Timber Ridge the instructors are at a table just inside the lodge so if an extra instructor can’t be found out on the hill, then you would just need to run in and ask one to come out to watch for a few.


If the rider gets hurt and is unable to move you should:

Ask someone on the hill to get ski patrol, whether it be a random rider or another student in your lesson if it’s a class with multiple learners.

Stay with the rider, try to calm them down, and make them lie still.


If the instructor gets hurt during the lesson, then they need to have another instructor take over the lesson and go see ski patrol if they can move.  If the instructor is hurt enough to where they can’t move, then the student needs to get the attention of another instructor or rider and get ski patrol.



Getting hurt is no joke.  The most common areas to get hurt during an introduction lesson are heads, wrists, knees, tailbones, and backs.  Helmets have become more common on the hill not only being worn by beginning riders, but also by instructors and more advanced terrain park riders.


People hurt their wrists, knees, and tailbones when they catch their edges and fall.  Wearing wrist guards and knees pads are good ways to minimize wrist and knee injuries.  There really isn’t a good way to stop from hurting your tailbone.  Some companies have started putting extra padding in the knees and butt parts of the snowpants which is helpful, but doesn’t mean that you can’t hurt yourself.



These sort of injuries are just risks that beginning shredders have to take and luckily if they get hurt they are surrounded by snow so they can ice their boo-boos!



The Trouble with Clickers

Posted in Uncategorized on 2009/03/10 by cfoster7

The rental snowboards at Timber Ridge have bindings that are called clickers.  On the bottom of the boot there is a hook that in under the toe then there is a mechanism on the heel that has a spot that the binding snaps into.  The bindings themselves have a loop that the toe hook fits under and a device that snaps into the heel mechanism with a little handle to release it.






The snow likes to get packed down onto the bottom of the boot and into the binding loop which makes it super difficult for the rider to strap in.

Some of the people I have in my lessons have a really difficult time strapping into their rental boards because of the snow and the confusing way that is required for the boot to fasten to the binding.  First the rider has to dig their toe into the binding to catch the toe hook on the binding loop.  This gets hard because of balance issues and sometimes the rider tries to dig too hard and they miss the loop completely.  Once the toe loop is caught, the rider then has to stomp down their heel while making sure to keep that hook in the loop.  They also have to stomp their heel down straight onto the device on the heel of the binding to make sure that the heel mechanism snaps into place.  This is really hard for most riders because they don’t stomp straight down with their heel, move their toe so the hook comes out of the loop, and/or stomp down hard enough to get it to snap in.

The way I deal with these bindings is first I let them try it on their own and if they continue to have problems I get down on my knees, scrape off the snow, and steer their toe into the hook.  I’ve gotten kicked in the face a couple of times, but it seems to get the job done so I continue to do it.