Brett Butcher goes way too far right on a hip feature at Superpark and falls around 40 feet to flat. This one is rough.
This week’s Slam Of The Week is an oldie but we’re digging it out of the archives for the sheer scale of it. When you take into consideration that Brett Butcher broke his back and blew his sternum doing this, it’s one of the most brutal slams we’ve ever seen. We’re pleased that Brett walked away to snowboard another day, as others certainly haven’t been as lucky.
The lesson to be learned here is that the line you take going into hip features is absolutely critical. Travel too far out and your asking for trouble.
Check the full interview on what Brett went through over at The Snowboard Realms
“My injuries from the fall where a compressed L1 vertebrae and a blown out sternum. My back broke on impact. Once I hit, my body went numb. Everything hurt. Friends where by my side instantly helping me out and Ski patrol was close too follow. They advised me to get a ride down in the toboggan and take an ambulance to the hospital. I had never been on a toboggan ride nor have I been in an ambulance and I was determined to avoid it. Ski Patrol was very reluctant to let a friend take me to the hospital but after some discussion they agreed and told me I had to sign a waver to release me from their care. By this time I had been laying in the snow for a good 10 minutes and everything was sore. Felt like I got hit by a truck. This is when things took a turn for the worst. There was a ton of pressure in my chest from the fall and as I sat up, the pressure released blowing out my sternum. I instantly started to freak out thinking I was dying. My chest was gurgling and I was having trouble breathing. Ski Patrol jumped into action and raced me down to the ambulance.”