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Last week, a California skier lost control and crashed into a tree. He suffered a severe head injury and died at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Santa Rosa man was on a beginner trail, and was not wearing a helmet. The rescue crew were forced to use a rope to pull the victim from under the tree which he had struck.

Then on December 30th, two Montana accidents claimed two young adult snowboarders. One snowboarder skied out of bounds at Blacktail Mountain, attempted a jump off a cliff and died in the fall. The second victim was snowboarding at Whitefish Mountain Resort with friends within bounds. He became separated from friends. Early Sunday morning, he was found head down in a tree well.

Finally, on New Year’s Eve day, a skier suffered an accident and was found unresponsive at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, PA. The tragic accident remains unexplained.

According to industry advocacy group, National Ski Areas Association, reports that on average, 38 people die in ski-related accidents each year. With at least three deaths in early December, and these four over the holidays, the 2017-2018 season is tragically heading toward hitting that average.