Saturday, February 20, 2016
SARA Champs at Timberline, WVA
My husband, the 17 yr old and the 15 yr old had driven to Timberline Resort in West Virginia the night before to SARA's end of season Championship races. All three of them are competitive skiers.
When I said "no, I hadn't heard from any of them. I don't usually until after the race." She got quiet for a minute and her face got serious.
"Oh. What did he do?" I asked. Getting serious myself. In the south we ski SL and GS. Not as fast as Super G and Downhill with those intense crashes you see on t.v. but still, this is ski racing. You can blow your knee, hit your head, whatever. Doesn't happen often but it happens.
Well, it wasn't that he'd blown out of the course and hurt himself. It was that the lift broke. More than broke. Some chairs derailed. My husband was in one of them and might have been hurt. He had a bloody nose...
So I skied down with the little guy and called my husband at 9:54 AM. And thankfully he answered. While little man kicked off a ski and proceeded to try to skate around next to the lift line on one leg I tried to get a sense of what was going on.
My husband said that his chair was right in front of one of the poles and the wheels moving the chair line sheered off. I'm just telling you what he told me. Sheered off. His chair fell. He face planted and hit his chest pretty bad.
My 17 year old daughter was in a chair that also fell and hit the pump house on its way down.
My 15 year old son's chair did not fall. He watched it all and then sat in a chair waiting to be evacuated.
At 10:47 I texted one of the mother's there on the mountain because we'd heard one of the other boys had broken his leg in the fall. She said "no, he is ok, a couple of scratches. They are still taking people off the lift. Everyone is ok, just a little shaken up."
I was in a car accident last year and I am still dealing with some of the injuries I sustained. Having had that experience, hearing that my husband had cut his face and was bleeding and that his chest hurt and that my daughter was complaining that her back hurt, I asked him to please accept the ambulance ride to the hospital. My husband and daughter were taken to the hospital and checked out with CT scans and X-Rays. They kept my husband until 3 that afternoon, I'm guessing because of the chest pain. You've got a 45 yr old man who just suffered shock and trauma and he has chest pains. Are you going to send him home? No. Once they'd been checked all over it was determined that they had some serious bruises and muscle trauma but that was it. Maybe a muscle strain in my daughter's neck.
We are so lucky.
I should add: I am super grateful for our ski family. To the friends and coaches who kept me up to date on my daughter and husband's condition as well as the friends and coaches who kept up with my son.
There is a picture on twitter taken by @fowler_chase showing the the pole where the chairs derailed.
This is what the news gathered: