While I was at Hunter yesterday with kermit88, this unfortunate tragedy happened just up the valley at Windham. Was anyone there this past Sunday? My thoughts go out to the family. Here's the article about it.
This season has been absolutely brutal, or at least it seems much worse than preceding years. So many incidents, ironically coinciding with a push to open the sport to more people. A tragic reminder of our mortality. Suppose we can only pay tribute by celebrating life in the mountains. Thoughts go out to the family.
Thats sad. I wonder if she was in a novice area? Maybe she was in an intermediate area. Those novice areas are usually so wide and so low pitched that often times even if you straight line it, the end being flat or actually slightly up hill slows you down to a stop; dont recall of that is the case at Windham.
First and foremost my thoughts go out to the family.
I ski at windham quite often and was there this past weekend (although I did not witness the accident or the aftermath). The trail where this happened, Upper Warpath, is one of the tougher blues on the mountain. The top part of the trail is pretty steep (as steep as some of the blacks on the mountain), however after that top part the trail flattens out which is why they rate it a blue. It's also not particularly wide. Rating trails is not an exact science and I don't mean to imply that the guys at Windham improperly marked the trail.
I hope that novice (and experienced) skiers/riders reading this story will think twice about going out on the slopes without a helmet.