A 37-year-old man hit a tree and died last Wednesday night at Skibowl in Oregon. The Skibowl Operations manager said the man was with friends and had skied into a tree well and struck the tree. He had been skiing with friends since about 5 p.m. He did not meet the group at the end of a run and they started a search. Emergency crews were dispatched at about 7:50 p.m. The Ski Patrol found him about ten minutes after the accident. They tried CPR but could not revive him.
And a 19-year-old Kansas State student was skiing with friends when he hit a tree at the Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado. The accident happened Saturday on a green run. The victim was skiing without a helmet.
A nurse happened upon the accident scene almost immediately and rendered aid. The ski patrol was alerted and arrived shortly. Attempts at CPR all the way down the slope failed. An autopsy was planned for Monday.
It is hard to know precisely why each accident occurred, but given the poor ski conditions experienced at many resorts this year it may be icy trails contributed to the loss of control. The Kansas State college student is the 19th ski or snowboarding-related fatality this season. Just two weeks ago the state broke the unofficial record of 17 deaths set in 2008, with two deaths the week of March 15th.