This week end two tragic deaths of teenagers occurred on New England ski slopes. On Saturday a 16-year-old student and son of a Sugarloaf ski resort employee died after colliding with an object on a black diamond trail at the mountain Saturday afternoon, according to the resort’s communications manager.
The skiing accident happened around noon on Hayburner, a black diamond trail at the resort. The teen was wearing a helmet, but there is still a bit of uncertainty exactly with what he collided. Ski patrol responded to the incident, but was unable to revive the skier, the Carrabassett Valley Police Department is investigating the incident.
Then on Sunday an 18-year-old lost control at high speed and hit a tree at the Windham Mountain Ski Resort. The novice skier was not wearing a helmet and suffered extensive head injuries. Troopers say she was treated at the scene by the ski patrol and taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where she died.
The accident happened on the Lower Warpath trail mid-morning. The Upper Warpath trail is marked as “more difficult” using the blue square symbol, according to the resort. State police said the young woman was “a novice skier” and lost control on the trail.
Snow conditions at the time of the incident were reported as packed powder/powder and machine groomed, according to a Windham Mountain press release. The last ski-related fatality at Windham Mountain occurred more than 15 years ago.
According to the National Ski Areas Association, an average of 40.6 people have died skiing/snowboarding per year in the past decade. In the 2009/10 season, 38 fatalities occurred nationwide out of 59.8 million skier/snowboarder days reported. Twenty-five of those were skiers and 13 were snowboarders. Nineteen were wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.