Avalanche Danger Results in Third Fatality

Colorado skiers were thrilled with the snowfall of the past weekend, Aspen Mountain received six inches of snow overnight Sunday, and 12 inches over the weekend. But the new snow brought heightened avalanche danger which translated into the third avalanche death in Colorado this season. A person died Monday in an avalanche outside of the […]

February 24 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Safety
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Insight Into Number of Ski Accidents

The Aspen Times published an article this week which provides an interesting study of ski accident numbers. The trauma team at Aspen Valley Hospital handled 127 cases in December and January where the injuries were severe enough to admit the person to the hospital for treatment or send the person to another facility for emergency […]

February 19 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Safety
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Boy’s Scarf Entangled with Tow Line

Many ski areas have signs warning to be mindful of loose clothing when unloading the ski lift. An accident this weekend demonstrates the very real danger which is posed by a garment becoming entangled with machinery. Saturday afternoon, 12-year-old Samuel Root was skiing at a Michigan resort with his Boy Scout troop. He was being […]

February 16 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Safety
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Wintergreen Sold to Investment Trust

The Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia has been sold to EPR Properties, a Kansas City, Mo.-based real estate investment trust. Wintergreen was the site of a terrible night time accident in 2004 when an area-operated snowcat ran over a skier on an inbounds trail. Griggs v Wintergreen resulted in a $8.3 million jury verdict, […]

February 13 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Ya Later...
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Off-trail Tree Collision Results in Death

A 27-year-old woman was killed in a skiing accident at Burke Mountain in East Burke, VT. The accident happened Friday afternoon at Q Burke Mountain. According to police, the 27-year-old woman exited the groomed portion of a trail on the upper portion of the mountain and struck a tree. After the woman did not meet […]

February 10 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Safety
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Skiers Abandon Boy After Fall From Ski Lift

Last week we noted the increase in hit and run collision accidents on the slopes, but this report is an example of extreme indifference to the safety of fellow skiers. An eight-year-old boy from Vienna was seriously injured after falling from a ski lift in Flachau, Salzburg, after two men who were sitting beside him […]

February 05 / 2015
Author Linda Chalat
Category Ski Safety
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