So, my ex was on TV, she was the weather girl for a Denver TV station, formerly of Good Morning Alaska. He brother managed Aleyeska ski resort
outside Anchorage. So the girl could ski...or so I thought.
These guys (at the TV station) would get these sweet deals where they'd agree to film the resort for the backdrop of the local weather reports on TV.
It was cool because they'd put us up in the best hotels and give us all this free stuff. The ex was a real looker too, I'll give her that...she
looked like a million bucks on camera (and in person...but I digress). All we had to do was get some great video footage from the resort. Only
problem was, most of this gear was really heavy back then...(camera weighed about 20lbs, and was connected to a tape deck which weighed about 35
lbs)...and EXPENSIVE!! The camera and tape deck cost about $55,000 back then!
So it turns out these guys can't ski...hardly at all. I'd been a Ski Instructor and Ski Patrol (EMT) at Snow Bird and Alta in Utah for about 3 years
and had grown up skiing. (it's how I met the ex). So anyway, they needed someone to handle the camera and gear. It was a big load, and with the
camera you couldn't use poles, so it was pretty hard actually.
Anyway, these guys get the idea they want to ski "Corbet's Couloir" which is this double black (now double yellow) run down through this chute through
the rocks. I'd skied it before and crashed twice, it's not easy. So, I tell them .... "let's ski some easier runs and I think we can get some
great footage on those"
BUT, these guys are bent on going down "Corbet's" ***shaking head***
So we ride the tram up to the top, and hike over to Corbet's. There wasn't a lot of snow that year, and the rocks were everywhere. We're up on top
and I'm trying to talk them out of this...just not skilled enough skiers for this (I mean there's like a 20' jump right at the start, and a landing on
about a 75 degree downhill of pure ice). So finally they agree...WHEW!! So we traverse across the top over to a medium difficulty run.....(I don't
know, it was pretty steep, but relatively easy).
Within about two minutes my ex goes down on her butt and crosses her left ski under her right one. I heard her knee snap from 20 feet away, ...totaly
blew out her ACL. I pull her skiis off and stake my skis up in an "X" uphill of her, get her leg straightened out and make sure she's okay. Suddenly
she's cold and thirsty...she's going into shock. She's hurt, she's scared and confused. I get her head elevated, get some jackets on her and we
I went into complete Ski Patrol mode,....and I forgot about all the expensive camera gear I just threw off into the snow.
Jackson Hole showed up, and got her down the mountain. This other guy starts freaking out about the camera..."WHERE IS IT????"
I said up on the mountain, and it was getting dark. We went back up that mountain on the tram that night to go get the camera gear!!
And to think we were going to ski "Corbet's"!! OMG...we'd have needed a helo to get out of that place!!
edit on 2/24/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)