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skiier dies at Wildcat

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More information about the skier and the incident.

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/119578-north-conway-man-killed-in-skier-accident-in-vertical-challenge-fund-raiser-at-wildcat

 

This article blames a pre-release of the binding.  However, an investigation into the cause is ongoing, so that may be premature.

http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53043:north-conway-man-s-ski-released-causing-fatal-fall-at-wildcat&catid=103&Itemid=442

 

 

This is so sad.  Condolences to the family.

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More information about the skier and the incident.
http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/119578-north-conway-man-killed-in-skier-accident-in-vertical-challenge-fund-raiser-at-wildcat

This article blames a pre-release of the binding.  However, an investigation into the cause is ongoing, so that may be premature.
http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53043:north-conway-man-s-ski-released-causing-fatal-fall-at-wildcat&catid=103&Itemid=442


This is so sad.  Condolences to the family.

Ditto that. This kind of loss is just terrible.
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The interesting thing is this happened in the morning. I'd assumed some element of impaired judgment due to fatigue had crept in, but unlikely that early. I suppose a focus on speed due to the 4.5 minutes per run can still be at play, but then so could sheer bad luck, much like what happened to me. I'm at least here to say it was a tree root or rock, he can't tell us what took his ski off, early release or obstruction.
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Right.  Very bad luck all around.  

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The interesting thing is this happened in the morning. I'd assumed some element of impaired judgment due to fatigue had crept in, but unlikely that early. I suppose a focus on speed due to the 4.5 minutes per run can still be at play, but then so could sheer bad luck, much like what happened to me. I'm at least here to say it was a tree root or rock, he can't tell us what took his ski off, early release or obstruction.


Conditions were probably pretty difficult with new snow on Monday and temps in the 40's Tuesday-Wednesday (including overnight).

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The interesting thing is this happened in the morning. I'd assumed some element of impaired judgment due to fatigue had crept in, but unlikely that early. I suppose a focus on speed due to the 4.5 minutes per run can still be at play, but then so could sheer bad luck, much like what happened to me. I'm at least here to say it was a tree root or rock, he can't tell us what took his ski off, early release or obstruction.


Conditions were probably pretty difficult with new snow on Monday and temps in the 40's Tuesday-Wednesday (including overnight).

 

We had very similar conditions for our local vertical challenge, with the added amusement of 20-yard visibility.      They stopped it 4 hours before the designated end.

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I was there participating in the challenge. Conditions were excellent that day. Fatigue was not an issue.

 

We were all getting down the mountain in 3 minutes per run. My understanding is that his binding released when he was taking a corner at speed.

 

I have never seen people skiing so fast as I did that day. The event start with the original organizer telling everyone that his favorite part of the day is that ski patrol helps you do something that they would otherwise pull your pass for.

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The participants just receive a notice that this year's event will not be rescheduled and future plans remain undecided. They are offering to refund the registration fee, but are asking us to allow them to donate it to Make A Wish instead. That's a nice touch.

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That seems appropriate.

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