Meadows Blog

The Big Fall

Constance at Mt. Hood Meadows Story: I've been inspired by the Winter Olympics to pour some extra aggression into my skiing, though, at age 63, they won't let me compete. So this past gloriously sunny Sunday, I was all confident and cocky when I dropped off the ridge into Two Bowl. My first three or four turns were fine and plenty fast for an oldster. Then I found myself on my back, sliding and turning helplessly, like an upside-down turtle. When I rolled my feet to the downhill side to try to recover, I was going too fast, so just touching the skis to the snow popped them off. I was picking up speed on the slick, spring-like surface. There was no stopping my tumbling fall.

As I fell, like Alice down the rabbit hole, I had time to ponder my plight. One thought was, uh oh, this could turn bad. I’m not young and rubbery any more. Another thought was, what a waste of a good run. A final thought was, don't get tangled in your poles. I let my arms fall to the sides and the poles departed. Unencumbered by gear, I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the slide to the bottom.

I stood up and realized I wasn't hurt a bit. I looked at the scattered gear strewn all down the slope and marveled at the distance I'd tumbled. Except for the sheer terror, it was exhilarating. I'll soon be back for more.

-- Constance Emerson Cooker

Meadows: We love it when a story has a happy ending. Sage advice from a hearty skier who knows how to hit the slopes, with and without her skis on!


  1. Peder

    March 3, 2010

    Well Connie, when you only fall once every 10 years or so, it must be done with gusto and thoroughly enjoyed! I am sorry to have missed it; now I will have to wait a long time to see you fall...

  2. Harlan

    March 3, 2010

    So . . . parachuting, next?

  3. Erin

    March 3, 2010

    You didn't waste a good run. Your story was fun for the rest of us! I hope you got back up there and hit it right the second time :)

  4. Ms B

    March 8, 2010

    Sounds as if you are one tough cookie - and congratulations on your survival!

    Did you know there's a new (this year) clinic at Meadows for anyone over 50 who loves to ski? It's called the Grand Masters Clinic - 5 hours on snow and includes video. It's only about $90 if you already have a pass, $99 if you don't. Some new concepts being used but main focus is social, having fun and improving technique. Hard to find info on web site but it's there somewhere. Fun stuff - and keep smiling!!!!

  5. karrie

    March 19, 2010

    great story! i tried 2 bowl for the first time today and my dear, you are right, that is a long way! glad you came out unscathed.

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