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Posted: Jan 30, 2007 - 11:55 PM GMT

In today's paper there was a report of a 21 yr.old male from N.J. who died yesterday at Killington. According to the witnesses he was skiing at a high rate of speed, lost control, and skied off the trail into several trees. He was conscious and able to respond after the crash but lost consciousness and didn't recover. He was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family for the lost of such a young life! Lets hope this is the last death from skiing this year!

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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 12:38 AM GMT
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I think that I saw that when I was skiing at Killington yesterday. I was riding up the Skye Peak Quad when I saw an accident with a skier down in the trees right off of Great Eastern. Ski Patrol was there, but the position that the guy was in looked pretty grim. A little later that day I saw DART land in the Snowshed parking lot, so I'm assuming that that's the same guy.


EDIT: I found the article in the Rutland Herald. It is the same thing that I saw from the Skye Peak lift. Link: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070130/NEWS/701300361/1002/NEWS01

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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 4:15 AM GMT

After a very poor last few years in this department the skiing community has been lucky thus far. This is a shame....
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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 1:06 PM GMT
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It was only a matter of time that something like this was going to happen at Killington this year. Speed Kills.
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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 1:11 PM GMT

Interesting. The article says, "It is the first ski-related fatality since 2004 at Killington, ..."

I was of the impression tht Killington, just by virtue of their 1 million skier visits per year would have at least a couple per season.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 3:18 PM GMT

The last, in 2004, was the accident on Double Dipper. I still think about that going up the Canyon lift....
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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 11:41 PM GMT

They don't keep accurate stats on collisions at k in that many aren't reported. They do keep track of visits to their first aid stations, I imagine. However, most fatalities in snow descent sports result from collisions between people and man-made objects like grooming machinery or lift towers. I thought this type of accident rather remarkable for that reason alone. Usually there are only about a half dozen fatalities in the whole of New England in snow or ice ascent and descent sports a year. So, there are a lot of accidents at Killington, they aren't reported accurately and one fatality every three years is a rather high rate.
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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 11:45 PM GMT

I feel sad

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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 11:48 PM GMT

I guess my high school has been really unlucky but we've had 3 fatalities in 15 years, 1 on ski club and 2 on the ski team. The ski club fatality was at Shawnee mountain about 6 years ago - student skiing alone down a closed trail hit a tree and wasn't found for a long time since they weren't looking on that trail. (Shawnee Mountain Pennsylvania). Earlier we had 2 deaths on the ski team before they canceled it, one crossing the street in front of Great Gorge and hit by a car on the way to practice, and one falling out of the lift at Great Gorge and dieing on impact. I always though it was around 1 per mountain per year or more, it surprises me that Kmart has fewer than that.
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Posted: Jan 31, 2007 - 11:52 PM GMT

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The last, in 2004, was the accident on Double Dipper. I still think about that going up the Canyon lift....

To "newpylong": Were you an eye witness?

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Posted: Feb 01, 2007 - 12:53 AM GMT

I visited Kmart in March about 15 years ago. They had had 7 fatalites so far that year.
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Posted: Feb 01, 2007 - 5:46 PM GMT

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[quote]The last, in 2004, was the accident on Double Dipper. I still think about that going up the Canyon lift....

To "newpylong": Were you an eye witness?[/quote]


Thank god no... just tough not to think about when you ride up over the location all the time.
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Posted: Feb 01, 2007 - 9:21 PM GMT

That sad. Great eastern is not one to be going fast on. Tons of people on it.
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Posted: Feb 01, 2007 - 10:45 PM GMT

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The ski club fatality was at Shawnee mountain about 6 years ago - student skiing alone down a closed trail hit a tree and wasn't found for a long time since they weren't looking on that trail. (Shawnee Mountain Pennsylvania).


I know this will bring up a debate but this is an example why you don't ski on closed trails! Patroller don't sweep (ie. check) closed trails at the end of the day/night. The possiblity of being left there hurt is very real. As for keeping record of collisions, all patrols keep records of every accident they handle. Also, collisions aren't limited to other people,snowmaking equipment, & lift towers they include trees and other natural objects. In fact, most of your deaths are from natural objects than people or equipment.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 12:29 AM GMT

Fortunately this guy ended up in a place where many people could see him, if not hear him calling for Help if he had too. I could see him clearly from the Skye Peak lift when I rode it up over Great Eastern. You couldn't really see him from Great Eastern itself very well, but going down Skyeburst I wouldn't be surprised that he would have been seen without issue.

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Posted: Feb 02, 2007 - 4:06 PM GMT

I think rather than argue about whether so and so should wear a helmet, whether he was going too fast, etc. and so on its just a remainder to ski/board as safe as possible....
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Posted: Feb 03, 2007 - 12:38 AM GMT

I also feel that this acident is very tragic. I am amazed that this does not happen more often ! Good point about ducking ropes as well. this also makes me think about the use of I Pods, ect. don't use them! You are putting yourself other innocent people in danger!
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Posted: Feb 03, 2007 - 1:48 AM GMT

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this also makes me think about the use of I Pods, ect. don't use them! You are putting yourself other innocent people in danger!


Totally untrue... I use one all the time..

I also ski with someone who's deaf.... Maybe she shouldn't ski...


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Posted: Feb 04, 2007 - 8:35 PM GMT

Any death is tragic, however I'd bet more people die driving to a ski area than at a ski area. Those numbers are never included in stats... just a thought.

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Posted: Feb 04, 2007 - 11:31 PM GMT

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[quote]this also makes me think about the use of I Pods, ect. don't use them! You are putting yourself other innocent people in danger!


Totally untrue... I use one all the time..

I also ski with someone who's deaf.... Maybe she shouldn't ski...
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It is dangerous - same reason cops will pull you over if you're driving with headphones on. With a person who is deaf or has a hearing problem, you will notice that they use their other senses to their advantage - in terms of skiing you'll observe more visual use, etc. A snowboarder zipping down the slopes blasting Phil Collins on their iPod is in a different world and more likely to cause serious damage to themselves or someone else. Of course, if everyone else is observing the code, what's in front of you is in theory the only issue, but nonetheless hearing someone yell "look out!" will help you get out of their way, etc.

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