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Skier killed at Blue Mt. Ontario

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  Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family during this very,very tragic time

 

  Girl,17

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Linky?

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Actually small hills have many more accidents than bigger hills, but you only hear of fatalities.

 

On the most recent holiday (called "Family Day" here in Ontario), my local hill had 47 accidents and the ambulance had to be called to the hill several times. With about 6500 people on the hill for that day, collisions were basically inevitable.

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The picture of Darwin is rather tasteless.  Condolences to her family. 

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  17 is  way too young to die. Thoughts & prayers for her parents & friends.

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More info here:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/03/05/8643646.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090305.wskideath0305/BNStory/National/home

 

I find these types of fatalities the most tragic - kids on a school trip... we all realise the risks involved with skiing, but it's not something you think about as a kid going on a ski trip.  Perhaps they were in over their head... who knows.. I think these types of incidents need to be investigated more closely, as they are likely preventable. 

 

My thoughts are with the family and friends... very tragic.

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Equally Tragic and very recently at a nearby hill...killed on a bunny hill: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090220/skiing_boy_090220?hub=Toronto

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So many awful accidents in succession in Ontario. We don't know the circumstances of this young girl's death, and that's her family's right to protect their privacy.

 

Not knowing what the cause was, I can only comment on what I often see here on the green runs - lots of skiers on the brink of control (or just plain out of control). Blue mountain is particularly bad for out of control skiers.

 

If only our ski hills always gave a free beginner lesson to all skiers, the hills would be much safer. Mount St. Louis does this, which I applaud.

 

I was at Blue this past weekend, and with the slushy conditions, I could see how easy it would be for even a seasoned skier to catch an edge on a steep run and careen off the hill.

 

My condolences to the family. I just wish everyone could be safe.

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Not only tasteless, but apparently sole knowledge of Darwin is from "Darwin Award" bathroom books. Feel terrible for all their families.

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If only our ski hills always gave a free beginner lesson to all skiers, the hills would be much safer. Mount St. Louis does this, which I applaud.

 

 


 

Did you know there's a 'National Skate Patrol' dedicated to promoting safety in inline skating?

They set up free 'stopping lessons' at the entrances to Central Park every summer. Everyone can learn how to use the brake mounted on the back of their skate to stop or control their speed.

 

A free beginners skiing lesson - perhaps given by volunteers - would go a long way towards making skiing safer.

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If only our ski hills always gave a free beginner lesson to all skiers, the hills would be much safer. Mount St. Louis does this, which I applaud.

 

My heart goes out to any parent who loses a child!!! How said!

 

Doesn't mean to sidetrack such a serious thread...

 

Free lessons mean nothing if the new/novice skiers are not willing and are not encouraged to take them. That is exactly the situation at our local hill. Lessons come with the middle and high school ski and snowboard programs (which my 12 yo is a part of) but none of the children are willing to take them. And, the ski area does nothing to advocate the importance of lessons and parents know nothing about them. It's just no longer the in thing for teens and pre-teens and their lack of skills on the hills show. This trend is really sad for the industry.

 

In this fatality, maybe a lesson could have helped. Maybe not. There is just no way to know without actually being there.


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Edited by chanwmr - 3/11/2009 at 11:05 am
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Did you know there's a 'National Skate Patrol' dedicated to promoting safety in inline skating?

They set up free 'stopping lessons' at the entrances to Central Park every summer. Everyone can learn how to use the brake mounted on the back of their skate to stop or control their speed.

 

A free beginners skiing lesson - perhaps given by volunteers - would go a long way towards making skiing safer.

They did not die in central park, nor were they total newbies, you idiot. = 

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They did not die in central park, nor were they total newbies, you idiot. = 

 

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I don't know anything about this particular tragedy; I do know that I see beginners skiing too fast all the time, and some of them get hurt.

 

I was badly hurt the third time I went skiing, in an icy turn at Mountain Creek. If I'd had some basic instruction on how to slow down, I wouldn't have found myself in the frozen ruts of that turn with so much speed.

 

This is what led me to concentrate so much effort on learning to ski on ice; and why I'm so aggressive about describing icy conditions in my trip reports.

There are days when beginners should not be on the slopes, it's not safe.

 

I've tried to teach some ice skills to other skiers; they tend to freeze up from fear, and that prevents them from doing the one thing they must do: keep their legs flexible enough to adjust their edges to the feel of the ice. Typically, they lock their legs once they start slipping, and once the angle of the ice changes, their edge angle is wrong, and they go down.

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