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Another tragedy

post #1 of 15
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Another tragedy, this time in Ontario.

A 15-year old girl skiing with here dad and sister tangled with a tree and didn't win, despite the helmet.

Let's be careful out there.

http://www.achannel.ca/ottawa/news_53753.aspx
post #2 of 15
I don't know what to say anymore except condolensences to her family and god bless her.
post #3 of 15
Like NYSkier, I'm heartsick about the loss's this year. My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family.
post #4 of 15
Very sad. It just can't be said enough about being aware as one can out there. Condolences to the family on their loss.
post #5 of 15

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, 2008
By 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.
post #6 of 15
You know, I was there skiing that week and I remember seeing an ambulance arrive about that time as I was skiing with my little daughter on Header! So sorry to hear this.
post #7 of 15
This isn't skiing related but it's a tragedy no less. A local man we all know around here was found dead this morning. He was last seen leaving a local establishment on his snowmobile last night and never made it home. His brother found him this morning in front of their home on the Lake, seems as though he slamed head on into a concrete retaining wall in front of their house and was thrown against some boat lifts that were stacked near the waters edge. evidently he laid there all night throughout several inches of snow and temps in the single digets. It's not known if alcohol was involved or a factor but visability was zero at times on the Lake last night with 30mph winds and heavy snow.

such a waste these young lives taken reguardless if it's skiing or snowmobiling. Sometimes we forget to be careful and think life goes on forever. Sometimes being careful isn't enough. And sometimes, it doesn't matter at all. Death is always there waiting for us. Enjoy life while you can.
post #8 of 15
a tragedy - so sorry to hear another person died doing what they enjoyed
post #9 of 15
Very sad. I stay away from trees...no need to tempt fate...one error (of which I make many) and youre toast.
post #10 of 15
I hit a tree two weeks ago (dislocation) and just got MRI'd. Tendon and ligament damage and part of the shoulder socket is broken. They don't give very much. Be careful in the woods.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Very sad. I stay away from trees...no need to tempt fate...one error (of which I make many) and youre toast.
Good point...I never understood the thrill of folks skiing the fall line and with each turn, simply catching an edge can mean instant death or tree skiing which I've seen take our many folks on our mountain down the trail in the little red sleigh ride we all cringe when we see.

I constantly struggle with whether or not I should tell my 11 yr old snowboarding kid to stay away from the trees based on my own fears.
post #12 of 15
I personally was in more danger doing the wide GS type turns at speed that I used to do; part of the time pointed towards the trees, part of the time pointed at a rock wall, and only really safe during the middle of the turns when a fall would have kept me tumbling down the middle of the trail.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
I hit a tree two weeks ago (dislocation) and just got MRI'd. Tendon and ligament damage and part of the shoulder socket is broken. They don't give very much. Be careful in the woods.
Geez Lucky. Take it easy on yourself will ya?

You done for the year?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
I hit a tree two weeks ago (dislocation) and just got MRI'd. Tendon and ligament damage and part of the shoulder socket is broken. They don't give very much. Be careful in the woods.
thats not too lucky---Lucky.

heal quick!
post #15 of 15
Thanks guys. I've been skiing since I did it and I'm going to try and finish the season. Meds are still working at this point. I'm starting to feel like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse, whenever he went to the Doc. he had a file folder under his arm with x-rays etc.
I am lucky because I'm still skiing.
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