Originally Posted by SimpleMan
Took a rock to the outside of the knee and bruised that tendon under the kneecap on a rock at the pass two years ago in early season.
Even though I'm an alpine skiier most of the time, this is exactly why I started wearing my tele kneepads in the early season. I feel more comfortable knowing that I'll probably be going into the trees even though the base is questionable. Got a buddy that ducked into the trees and hit a stump on Christmas eve a couple of years ago - he was out for the remainder of the season. I may be missing out on some good turns but I don't mind staying out of the trees until there's a little better base.
Be careful out there, this is prime time to get injured with those sweet freshies just barely covering dirt, rocks and wood.