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Video: Crashes & Mud at the Red Bull Raw Slalom in Killington, VT
Jul 19, 2021
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After a couple of rainy weeks, the already saturated Vermont soil made for a classic east coast mud race. It's safe to say the riders and crowd made the best of it!
Beny Huckaby, COTL
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(Jul 19, 2021 at 15:33)
COTL on homepage LFG!!
(Jul 19, 2021 at 16:23)
Little did they know Base Camp Outfitters was carrying Wet Screams
(Jul 21, 2021 at 10:02)
That event was tons of fun, especially for the kids on Sunday ! Thanks to all who helped put it on!
(Jul 20, 2021 at 8:47)
Yikes this is embarrassing....
Killington has great trails and great potential, but they *NEEED* less gravel roads off the gondola, and more routes back to the gondola.
(Jul 29, 2021 at 9:58)
What do you propose for a solution?
(Jul 29, 2021 at 10:00)
Hell yeah Beny!!!! Thanks for the recap!!
(Jul 20, 2021 at 11:30)
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(Jul 19, 2021 at 16:56)
gonna get up on my soapbox early and just put it out there, killington trails are sick but their emergency response is f*cking abysmal, I crashed there a few years ago and ended up with 2 fractured vertebrae. Friend called the emergency number on his rental bike, and while the "medics" showed up pretty quick, they basically just asked if I knew where I was, and then made me stand up, and sit in the front seat of their truck to get me to their emergency response building, where they effectively told me they weren't doctors and I should go to the local hospital ~25 miles away, and didn't recommend an ambulance. Luckily after I got to the hospital, again riding in the front seat of my dads car, they figured out I was in bad enough shape and had me stop sitting upright, and I managed to avoid any permanent spinal injuries. There's not really a moral to the story here but I hope they hired some extra people for this event lol
(Jul 19, 2021 at 17:16)
There was paramedics hired to be on site throughout the event
(Jul 19, 2021 at 17:58)
Last I heard Killington wasn't a hospital and the first responders aren't doctors, so maybe temper your expectations a bit.
(Jul 19, 2021 at 20:09)
: wait... you mean it’s not called “killington mountain resort” because it’s a hospital??
(Jul 20, 2021 at 4:57)
First time in VT?
(Jul 20, 2021 at 5:58)
Pretty sure you didn’t have it as bad as Brook McDonald ♂️
(Jul 20, 2021 at 9:42)
Also had a less than favorable experience with medics there. Broken collarbone and scapula, knew I had at least broken my collarbone, but the medic proceeded to have me attempt to raise both arms over my head...and I'm just there shaking my head, but the pairing of adrenaline and concussed state I was in, I was able to do it.
(Jul 20, 2021 at 11:33)
Imagine if bike parks had to hire doctors to ride around on the trails dispensing medical advice lol
Think the bike park is expensive now? Just wait until you have to go into medical debt to have a doctor ride his Yeti up to rescue you.
(Jul 20, 2021 at 13:23)
Out of curiosity, what would a different bike park have done?
(Jul 20, 2021 at 17:12)
: I think you'd expect better from during the ski season wouldn't you? So why lower your expectations during the summer. Of course it is way harder to get someone down to the base area without snow/sleds, but if you got a concussion skiing, I think we all expect the medics at a major ski resort to be able to recognize it and start the appropriate protocol. Broken bones are kind of expected at a bike park, so it isn't unreasonable to expect they should recognize that. I don't think he's suggesting that it is their fault he got hurt, just that they could be better at enacting standard protocols, at least after they get you to the bike/ski-patrol building.
(Jul 20, 2021 at 18:30)
: exactly, you put it much better than I could have
(Jul 20, 2021 at 21:02)
: The urgent care center at the mountain isn't actually run by the mountain, it is Rutland Regional Hospital system. They don't open during the summer I presume because the volume of injuries is far less in the summer. Realize even though riding is becoming super popular in Killington, a crowded summer weekend still pales in comparison to the amount of people on even a crappy weekend. Killington ski patrol and bike patrol operate on the same basis, summer and winter. If the resort is open, they're on duty. As to the expertise of the summer and winter patrol crews I can't really speak to that.
(Jul 21, 2021 at 13:07)
Ppl have to realize ski/bike patrol are not doctors. Not even medics. The official ranking of a patroller in EMS is a first responder. The job is to provide supportive care and get you out and on your way to definitive care. To get you to somebody who ~is~ a doctor. The scope of practice of a patroller in terms of what they can do for you on the hill is minimal. Getting you off the mountain quickly and on your way to definitive care, while providing whatever supportive care we can is #1. I have no idea what went down in your specific scenario, just putting out this information cause a lot of people seem to think we are something completely different..
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