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Why You Should NEVER Take Your Snowboard Off In Steep Terrain


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Why You Should NEVER Take Your Snowboard Off In Steep Terrain

Soren Arnevik: I started at the top of the ridge for the first time on Slushmans at Bridger Bowl with my Gopro recording. Snow was great but it was a pretty intense slope for my novice skills in that terrain. I came up on some rocks that I knew I couldn’t get around so I thought if I took off my board to walk around it would be smart… My board started to slip away and as I frantically grabbed for it I started to fall, uncontrollably down the rocky slopes. Spinning, I turned around to look behind me and got shot off a cliff, Gopro doesn’t do it justice. The camera falls off my head as I continue another few hundred feet down the cliff. A ski patrol, Phil, finds it and puts it in his pocket as it’s still recording. He comes across me and it records his conversation with me on the scene. I had a laceration of 6-8 in. across my head and down to my brain (and a unknown broken neck at the time). More medics came as they loaded me on the stretcher and skied me to a snowmobile that took me down the hill. Falling around 500 ft I ended up breaking my C3 (Cervical 3) on my neck, luckily missing my nerve connected to my diaphragm that could’ve stopped my breathing. Also came out with no brain damage, which is a miracle, as my brain was exposed (wasn’t wearing a helmet, fucking dingus). Thankful I’ll be alright in the long run, its unreal I am the way I am.

 

73 comments
  • chad

    i don’t think we can say no one should ever take off their board/skis during a descent, some people should in certain circumstances. Just make stepping out of your bindings a last resort for when you’re totally cliffed out or need to set up a rappel or do some down-climbing.

    The big thing is that he didn’t attempt to self-arrest which he should have been able to do on that slope with or without his board. It would have helped if he was facing the slope when downclimbing, he would have been less likely to fall, gotten hand holds on the rock, and he would have had a much better chance at arresting.

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  • hatar

    this douche has NOOOO business skiing off the ridge at bridger. where the HELL are his helmet, backpack and avy gear??!! he must have some really shitty friends.

    and he’s decked out in columbia sportswear gear.

    gaper.

  • td

    This is my biggest fear when booting in to skis in steep gnarly terrain. One gaper moment and a world of hurt is coming my direction.

  • cv

    Hey Jack-ass, POINT THAT FUCKING thing and leave some snow on the hill for the rest of us! Absolutely no business being up there. And why does this guy have a go pro? What in the world could he possibly show anyone except for his death!!!

  • tyhee

    Come on!! Just from seeing your stance and board I knew this would end badly. Use your damn head in the side country and back country especially. Glad your ok but hope you learned a lesson or two!

  • NinjaChips

    after reading his YouTube comments, i can second the notion that he may have, truly indeed, not learned his lesson to the fullest.

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