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Sugarloaf Death

post #1 of 21
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Anybody catch the story on a young girl who had an accident this weekend up at Sugarloaf?

My wife caught a piece of it on the news last night but all she got was that the girl was 17, part of a race program at Nashoba, and she was an instructor at Wachusett.

I also believe they said she was from Lancaster, Mass.
post #2 of 21
There was an article in the Worcester paper about this. I'm not home so I don't have it here, but apparantly she was an excellent skier, an all around athelete, soccer, etc. and was skiing all week with her parents. Everyone interviewed talked about what a nice girl she was.

sherrif said she seemed to have been skiing along the edge of the trail and went off the trail into an unnamed obstacle (tree or pole or...) Accident was witnessed from the lift, parents and siblings were ahead of her and didn't know it happened at the time. Paramedics got there quickly but she died of probably blunt trauma to the head.

Very sad.
post #3 of 21
If you go to the worcester telegram www.telegram.com web site, the story is there from Sunday 4/24/2005. You have to pay $.60 to read it. I did but I won't cut and paste the story here as that would be disrepecting the copyright. A few details--

The skier's name is Alison J. Murphy, 17yo from Lancaster. She was skiing Skidder Friday with mother, sister and brother and went off the trail and hit either a tree or snowmaking hydrant and suffered a head injury. Yes she was from Lancaster and the Wachusett ski school.

I have a four-year-old son who's just learning to ski; stories like this just make me cringe. All the kids on the Wa ski school are really fine responsible good young people. They are the type of kids I hope my kid grows up to be like. My heart breaks.
post #4 of 21
I'm curious... does it say whether she was wearing a helmet?

Very, very sad.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by JohnH
I'm curious... does it say whether she was wearing a helmet?
The article in the Telegram did not mention whether or not she was wearing a helmet.
post #6 of 21
This is Incredibly sad - so young , so much to live for and makes all who ski realize that sometimes things just happen to very good people and skilled skiers .

I've put my 3 grandkids thru the Wachusett ski school and agree that the instructors there are incredibly nice people who are not only skilled skiers but UNDERSTAND kids .

Lets all be a little safer out there guys !
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by learn2turn
I have a four-year-old son who's just learning to ski; stories like this just make me cringe.
Do kids start out with helmets now, or are helmets too heavy at that age?

also: Still no word on whether this poor girl wore a helmet?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Do kids start out with helmets now, or are helmets too heavy at that age?
At 3.5, I couldn't find a ski helmet that fit my kid. I only had him out a few times on the learning slope to get used to the idea of skiing. Next season he will wear a helmet or stay home.
post #9 of 21
Both of my kids started wearing Helmets at 3 yrs. Boeri make helmets that fit small children, 3 and up. Both of our kids started wearing them at 3 years. We will not let our kids ski with out them. A couple of years ago my 5 year old fell on some ice and cracked his helmet, I can't imagine what his head would have looked like.
post #10 of 21
Childrens helmets are far lighter than adult helmets to avoid adding weight to an already top heavy person.

My kids have never skied without them -- the youngest started at 29 months.
post #11 of 21
It happens to the best of us, especially when conditions are sketchy. A ski school trainer of my acquaintance was involved in a similar accident this spring but he took evasive action and impacted the tree with his pelvis and hip, a split-second decision that probably saved his life. Better the orthopedist than the neurologist, I always say.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by nolo
It happens to the best of us, especially when conditions are sketchy. A ski school trainer of my acquaintance was involved in a similar accident this spring but he took evasive action and impacted the tree with his pelvis and hip, a split-second decision that probably saved his life. Better the orthopedist than the neurologist, I always say.
Agreed. One of my old SSDs exited a trail and came about an inch or two from ending his life. He broke all 8 ribs on one side, clavical, and tib/fib on one leg. He was in the ICU for 2 weeks, but the 4x4 fence post that broke his leg and exploded his binding toe piece, spun him enough that he hit the tree with his back (hence the ribs and clavical) as opposed to his head. This was during a Jimmie Heuga race, so he was moving right along (he was a PSIA-E examiner, so no lack of skill). There si no doubt that he would have died on the spot had he hit the tree with his head (withor without a helmet).

As for kids, I have a Giro helmet for my 3 year old. It is adjustable the same as the bike helmets, and should fit her for many years. She is not allowed to ski without it.
post #13 of 21
[quote=OldSchool]Do kids start out with helmets now, or are helmets too heavy at that age?
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My three girls all started skiing at age 3 to 3 1/2 and they all wore helmets from day one. Set the habit now, then there will be no arguments either. "Precident" becomes an operative work with kids. Don't make an exception, even in year one and you'll have less bickering in the future.

My first child started 12 years ago. I think we fitted them all with Brikos. It was back when the only choice was black or red and red cost more. Helmets are much more attractively marketed to kids now, which is the right thing to do.

Of course, we parents realized that we'd better practice what we preach, so into brain buckets we all went.

My wife suffered a concussion from an OOC uphill skier, along with a trip to the ER and a doc's order she was to say off the slopes for the rest of the season. She had a helmet on. When my 3 kids saw her bloodied face, they were speechless. Needless to say, the helmets go on, just like the seatbelts get buckled and there is never an argument. You just do it.

You can get extra pads with velcro on them to line the helmet insides if the XS size doesn't work. Then someday they may be fatheads like their dad.
post #14 of 21

helmet not the issue in this case

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRe...rticleid=80502

according to the boston herald, a helmet was worn by the girl. she hit a tree then a snowmaking hydrant. so sad.
post #15 of 21
17 year old is way too soon to go. However I hope her family and freinds take comfort in the fact that she was doing something healthy and fun when she was taken from them. Of all the things that could happen to a teenager (Or any of us for that matter) ??

MTT
Nothing else to say
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post #17 of 21
Reading this makes the tragedy so much worse. The more we understand the people behind statitistics, the more we'll be positioned to make intelligent choices about the future.
post #18 of 21
I gave it a lot of thought -- even though it makes no mention in the numerous articles -- she had to be going VERY fast for this to have happened, especially if she had a helmet on.

It's sad. I guess in a way it's less sad then the stories you hear about skiers who hurt others.

post #19 of 21
First of all, my condolances to the family and friends. I'm certain that this is an inexpressable loss for those who knew this young lady.

I happenned to have skied by the scene of the tragedy very shortly after it occured that Friday.. Given the situation, this could have happened to any one of us. (It could have easily happened to me). I understand that she was wearing a helmet. I can't say whether she was skiing too fast, or not...nobody can. I can say this: She could have easily been skiing at a reasonable speed for her ability and this could still have happened.

We can speculate all we want. We're all better people for showing some respect to the family and friends of this girl.
post #20 of 21
Wow this truly is heartbreaking!! I feel for the family greatly. May something higher see them through this tragedy! If I go early may it be doing something I truly love.
post #21 of 21
I attend Nashoba and this girl was a great skier. At school everyone knew how bad it was but they didnt know how great a skier she really was. I also teach at Wachusett and she was very personable and great with these kids. Shes a great kid and we all miss her.
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