The past weekend proved a deadly one on slopes across North America. A 17-year-old male skier died Friday afternoon at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort in Washington. He lost control on the Tumwater run and struck a tree, Ridge executives have confirmed. The Tumwater run begins at the top of the 6,820-foot mountain and is marked as a difficult run.
The sheriff’s office reported to local media that a friend saw the boy lose control and leave the ski run, travel down an embankment and go into some trees. Mission Ridge Ski Patrol responded and the boy was taken to the ski area’s first aid station, then transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Also on Friday, a 13-year-old boy was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The teen was skiing Lower Treasury, an intermediate trail, when he crashed at about 2 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, the Denver Post reported. The Gunnison County coroner’s office says the boy, who was wearing a helmet, died of multiple upper-body injuries. He was a student at Olathe Middle School.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old Air Force Academy cadet was killed in a skiing accident while skiing at Keystone Resort. The resort said the cadet was on the intermediate-level Elk Run and was wearing a helmet. The ski patrol responded and provided emergency care while Lindsey was taken to a Keystone hospital.
Finally, a 63 year-old grandfather was killed in a ski accident at Kawartha Lakes ski area in Ontario. The skier, a long-time ski instructor, died of his injuries after he left a groomed trail and hit a tree. He was wearing a helmet at the time.