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Skier Dies at Mammoth

post #1 of 12
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Be careful out there with the lack of fresh snow, please! This hits close to home-my husband has skied this run many times. Thankfully if conditions are too hard and icy, he avoids it and other similar runs.

 

http://www.mammothtimes.com/content/raw-skier-dies-after-fall-wipe-out-chute

 

More details/discussion: http://forums.mammothmountain.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=15520&sid=edc4f9de1ea61f44da48d8518fad56f0

post #2 of 12

Vibes to his family and friends, horrible to hear.

 

I heard from a friend that was down at Mammoth, there were a lot of people falling and sliding off the top.   

 

That is a serious area of the mountain and I love to ski the southern of the two chutes when conditions are good, but with the current snow conditions I wouldn't go in there right now. A friend fell in one of the chutes on skiers right of the chair, 5 or so years ago, Dropout Chutes I believe. One of the worst crashes I have ever seen and it resulted in a broken leg. 

 

Be careful until we get a lot of snow people. 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

It just is so sad and it really upsets me. Also reminds me why there is nothing wrong with the fact that I am "overly" cautious. 

post #4 of 12

No words really for a situation like this.

 

RIP and thoughts for the skier's family.

post #5 of 12

What a shame. And I can't believe the person who posted that they had dropped in above the patrollers working the accident.  An idiot to be sure. I was watching my son work an accident near the top of North Bowl at Squaw when another skier fell and slid into him.  After that another patroller was posted at the top to keep people away.  Stay away  from patrollers working an injury for heaven's sake. 

post #6 of 12

Wife called me about 4pm and said there were two ambulances out front, two police cars and a doctor, all wearing blue gloves. Seems a female was killed yesterday on Aspen Mountain in a collision.

 

Do they need a doctor to pronounce TOD?

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Wife called me about 4pm and said there were two ambulances out front, two police cars and a doctor, all wearing blue gloves. Seems a female was killed yesterday on Aspen Mountain in a collision.

 

Do they need a doctor to pronounce TOD?

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20130205/ARCHIVES01/130209928/1109&parentprofile=1&SiteParentProfile=

 

Says she was cleaning goggles on a catwalk and was struck by another woman.

post #8 of 12

I was there this weekend.  Hit the Wipeout Chutes about an hour before this  happened.  Snow had a real wind buff on it and was hard and fast.  Not icy, but you were using your edges to be sure.  I have fallen in the Wipeout chutes and can tell you that you don't want to fall in there when the snow is set up.  That being said, usually the fall line in there does not take you into the rocks.  Usually.  There are plenty of runs at Mammoth that are steep and you are above rocks in the fall line.  Phillipe's for example is nearby Wipeout and has a MANDATORY left with a huge rock wall / cliff.  Most times falls in Wipeout where you can't self arrest properly end in eventually skidding to a stop.  A long wild ride to be sure, but not terrible. 

 

Very sorry to hear this. 

post #9 of 12

This is tragic.  Condolences to the family. 

post #10 of 12

Very sad. Both of them.

Condolences to the familys.

 

Wipeout Chutes are to the right of the chair correct? (skier's left)

 

http://www.ski-dondiego.org/mammoth__midweek_mar_2005.htm

post #11 of 12

^^ Yep this correct. That picture was taken during a high snow year, they don't look like that now. 

post #12 of 12
Very sad news... I was there that weekend, and had done the same run the day before. I thought the snow conditions were good, not icy, although there are large bumps at the top of the run. it's possible that he got out of control in the bumps- it's very steep in that section. In the photo, Wipeout 2 is the second chute to the right of the lift looking up, although right now there are actually more rocks present than the photo shows.
Let's be careful out there.
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