Nick DeVore Breaks a Leg
While skiing in the Colorado back-country, Kaenon skier Nick DeVore, had an unfortunate accident. After two hours of riding, Nick and his crew had been hitting good shoots, one particularly difficult line looked good to Nick, but as he dropped in, a 40-foot section of snow broke way and began to slide. Doing all he could to stay on his feet through the slide, he eventually passed through a section of rock and couldn’t stay up. Once the slide stopped, Nick fought to create an air pocket while buried in the snow. Luckily, another member of his group was close by on a sled and, seeing the incident take place, was able to dig him out in a matter of minutes. Once Nick was freed from the snow, the team realized his femur was broken.
“When the helicopter did arrive—some two hours after DeVore snapped his left femur in a small wet-slab avalanche near Taylor Pass, a remote backcountry locale south of Aspen and north of Crested Butte—a paramedic from the Flight for Life team asked him what his pain level was on a scale from 1 to 10. ‘Four thousand,’ DeVore replied.
“’I wasn’t kidding,’ says DeVore, later. ‘The scapula was nothing compared to this. I mean, I was screaming at the top of my lungs the whole time.’” (Powdermag.com)
After a painful rescue, and intense recovery, Nick recounted each moment of the grueling experience for Powder magazine. Click here to read about his experience, survival and recovery at their website.Ski/Snowboard, Sports-Entertainment.
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