More fun with the Wilderness First Responder textbook. The authors start off the Trauma section by describing your basic skiing accident:
"Slow deceleration can dissipate a lot of energy. The high-speed skier who falls on a steep, open slope can dissipate his kinetic energy while sliding several hundred meters to a stop. Ski patrollers call this a yard sale because ski equipment and clothing tend to dissipate as well."
Unfortunately, I think our skiing days are over for the winter down here in the good ol' Commonwealth of Virginia, but they'll be alive and well for a while longer in Maine. Fear not, though- fishing season will be here before we know it!
(As a side note, there are two types of skiers. Those who have had a yard sale at some point, and liars.)