'How to Survive Skiing' was conceived as I lay on the bed with my fractured left knee in a plastic half-cast.
Though I had been skiing every year for fifteen years, often twice a year, I had been injury free until suddenly, two years in a row, I fractured something - right hip then left knee. The first time I thought it was an accident, but the second time I decided there must be a reason. And I set about digging out the reasons like an air crash investigator.
What I discovered were three reasons...
Firstly I had bought my own skis two seasons prior to the hip accident. And because I had bought my own skis the shop thought I was a better skier than I was - the same shop that had been renting out skis to me for several seasons. Despite this, they increased the binding settings by 2. So when I crashed my skis were much less likely to come off.
Then I gained too much confidence in my shiny new skis and tried to keep up with skiers who were younger and better than me - and failed.
Finally, it was in March and April, when the snow below 2000 metres was like thick porridge and unforgiving. So when I skiied out of control or tried to execute a skid stop, I couldn't.
The first time, with my fractured hip, I decided I couldn't stand, and then discovered that a 'bloodwagon' ride is quite terrifying. So the second time, despite everything, I managed to ski down half a mile on my fractured knee - I decided it was safer.
I wrote this book based on my experience so you don't have to repeat it. And I have gone further, including many possible accident scenarios that others have suffered, so you don't have to. But, as skiing is fun when it's going well, I've written it in a humorous style. A darkly humorous style...