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Snowboarder dies at Whistler

post #1 of 6
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Anybody know what happened here?

http://www.whistlerquestion.com/news/local-news/ontario-snowboarder-dies-on-whistler-mountain-1.1772210

 

I have heard questions regarding the search, but as it's only hear-say I'll just ask for info.

post #2 of 6
Tree wells are scary.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by FlyingFish View Post

Tree wells are scary.
It didn't say it's a tree well. From the tree wells I've looked at here this year, since the snow here is quite consolidated, the suffocation issue should be at a minimum. Certainly it could just as likely be blunt force trauma. Unless you have a link?

Edit, found this:
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When his body was found, the snowboarder appeared to have suffered injuries and from possible hypothermia, LeClair said.
post #4 of 6

Tree wells - not with the snow WB got this year. Most likely a tree strike. 

 

A partner in tree runs is always a good idea. 

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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

Tree wells - not with the snow WB got this year. Most likely a tree strike. 

 

A partner in tree runs is always a good idea. 

 

Generally true although tree wells can still be a hazard in these kind of conditions as you get faceted/rotted out snow around the base of the tree which is not supportive. So one could fall in but the suffocation hazard would be lower than with fresh snow that sluffs easily.

 

Sad story either way, I assume it was trauma as well, the snow is very fast in Whistler right now so a fall could mean a long slide. There are also a lot of hazards in the trees that are usually covered by several meters of snow. Would NOT recommend skiing trees right now.

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Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
 Would NOT recommend skiing trees right now.

 

Would not recommend skiing WB now. :eek

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