Add Killington - another tree, another tradegy
I had skied Bittersweet Sunday approx. 9:30 am and the conditions were good with minimal slick spots. Bittersweet is not a very difficult trail, but this serves as another reminder that all trails can be deadly, independent of ability with helmets not rendering you invincible. I feel sorry for the loss of another skier and the loss by his family.
R.I. skier dies at Killington
February 18, 2008By Sarah Hinckley Herald Staff
The first ski death of the season for Killington Mountain Ski Resort occurred Sunday, according to spokesman Tom Horrocks.
He reported that Kirk W. O'Brien, 44, of Rhode Island, crashed into a tree along the Bittersweet Trail, a little after 10 a.m.
Killington Ski Patrol responded to the incident.
O'Brien, who was wearing a helmet, was reported to have sustained a serious head injury. He was rendered assistance by a member of his party who had witnessed the accident.
Emergency personnel, summoned to the scene, found O'Brien lifeless. O'Brien was subsequently pronounced dead en route to the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Family and friends of O'Brien described him as an expert skier who has skied globally. O'Brien was noted to have started skiing at the age of nine.