OK...I've seen better (worse!) than this. I was at a ski area a few years ago when I was just a newbie green circle type. I was skiing down this little trail and the patrol comes down with a guy with a pole protruding from his face. I spoke to a patroller later and he said the guy had manage to break a pole and then do a face plant onto the end of the broken pole. They couldnt remove the pole on scene so had to bring him down on the sled with it sticking in his face. That has GOTTA hurt! Somehow I remember this being maybe at Wachusett? Dunno tho. Been a few years. [End of gross story...we now return you to your regularly schedule boilerplate (packed powder?) reports]. -----Original Message----- From: Bruce Crawford <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> Date: Monday, January 05, 1998 10:52 PM Subject: Ouch! Snagged from The Boston Globe's site. I confess that fear of this sort of thing happening helped keep me from taking up skiing earlier than I did. Bruce MAN IMPALES HIMSELF ON POLE, MISSES CRITICAL ARTERY GILFORD, N.H. (AP) – A Massachusetts man says he narrowly escaped death when he impaled himself on a ski pole in an accident at the Gunstock Recreation Area. Robert Poole, 51, of Westborough, Mass., was in good condition Monday. He was hospitalized Sunday after he fell while skiing and the pole went through his leg near the femoral artery in the groin. The middle school counselor and basketball coach said in an interview from his hospital bed Monday that he is lucky to have survived. Doctors told him if the pole had hit the artery, the body's largest blood vessel a quarter-inch away, he would have been dead before rescuers could have brought him down the hill, he said. Poole said he had gone down the hill about 50 yards and had slowed down to let his wife, Ronnie, catch up with him when his right ski went into a rut and he rolled. ``I wasn't even going that fast at all,'' he said. ``I saw one ski lying several feet away and saw the other where it was. I said, `I hope this is beside me,' but then realized I was in trouble.''