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After reading the the last two articles, I feel so much better now knowing I can die with my helmet on.  :cool

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A more thorough description of what went wrong would let rational people decide that the ski are isn't dangerous and stay away, just that an unfortunate accident happened. I think this sort of thinking by the resort and media might be a short term help, but in the long run nobody learns from the mistakes of others, we don't collectively improve, and others needlessly will continue to be maimed or killed.

+1 Every year at the Long Beach scuba show there is a panel that analyzes the prior year's scuba deaths in Los Angeles County (typically 5-10).  The purpose is precisely to educate the public about risk factors by example to improve future safety.

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+1 Every year at the Long Beach scuba show there is a panel that analyzes the prior year's scuba deaths in Los Angeles County (typically 5-10).  The purpose is precisely to educate the public about risk factors by example to improve future safety.

A panel, yes, but I guess I'm having a hard time understanding why more needs to be said in the newspapers? I know resorts like to keep accidents low profile (especially lift accidents and non-fatal stuff), but I'm pretty sure all deaths are reported, and at least here in CO, they are easy to find. They give a thumbnail account, which usually amounts to "male aged 18-40 was skiing at a high rate of speed on an intermediate trail and lost control and hit a tree; died of trauma; was/was not wearing a helmet."  

 

I don't recall that auto deaths or homicides or whatever are recounted in all of the gory detail; it's a very general description of what happened, not a blow-by-blow account of the bar fight or an autopsy-level report on which organs were damaged in the car wreck... 

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+1 Every year at the Long Beach scuba show there is a panel that analyzes the prior year's scuba deaths in Los Angeles County (typically 5-10).  The purpose is precisely to educate the public about risk factors by example to improve future safety.

Different situations. Most scuba deaths involve specific technical errors or malfunctions and analysis can be educational (don't attempt to feed great white sharks). Avalanche deaths are certainly analyzed and publicized in detail. But in bounds ski deaths are basically someone lost control and hit something, or once in a while attempted to jump something or had a heart attack. Not much to be learned--if people want to know more it's out of morbid curiosity, not a desire for knowledge. And frankly, reading avalanche reports doesn't seem to do much good anyway. (Contrast with the airline industry, where the analysis of accidents has led to a situation where most new crashes seem to involve a novel set of circumstances--the airlines don't generally make the same mistake twice.) 

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