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I post this link so we may all think about our own actions on the slope and we may learn from others.


Read and learn

Unthinkable Tragedy from One Unthinkable Moment by Greg Doda

Edited by catskills - 4/9/2009 at 12:02 pm GMT

Edited by catskills - 4/9/2009 at 05:03 pm GMT
post #2 of 8

I remember that day.  I remember hearing about that death at the mountain.  Very sad.


Where is Greg Doda now?

post #3 of 8

I believe he served some time in jail(not sure how much) paid fines and has been taking steps to do some good through his testimony.

I read somewhere(can't find the article now) that he has been doing some volunteer work that reinforces slope safety, as well as some stuff related to the interests of Heather Donahue.


The paper he wrote in the link Catskills provided makes it clear that he has taken the time to get to know her and appreciates the tragedy of this loss of life.


This event is tragic on so many levels. 

post #4 of 8

I distinctly remember this and was quite outraged by it.  I still think he got off easy, but then again, guilt over something like this is not a walk in the park either. 


This article is very well written.  I don't necessarily agree 100% with what he states about going fast and such, but it's an honest article and well worth your time to read.

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Greg Doda, 18, of Crownsville, Md., had pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, and received a one-year sentence Wednesday with six months suspended and the remaining six months stayed.


In addition to the jail time, Day imposed one year of probation; 240 hours of community service, 80 of which must be done at a facility caring for animals; and about $4,000 in fines and victim’s compensation, $2,000 of which must go to Donahue’s favorite charity at Tuft's University, where she went to veterinary school. He also must write an article about the incident and snowboarding safety for a national magazine.


Doda was 16 years old at the time of the incident, and it was the teen's age that kept Weichman from seeking a felony manslaughter charge and a possible 20-year sentence, Weichman told the court. Weichman said he supported his decision to try Doda as an adult.


Source>> http://www.jacksonholenews.com/article.php?art_id=1257

post #6 of 8

maybe this thread should be linked to the Fat skis can't ski thread. A few of the post are about how cool it is to straight line a run on fat skis.

post #7 of 8

It's cooler to striaghtline 40+ degree faces and chutes on antique SGs, but not when there is someone that could possibley get "in my line dude!". 


I didn't find anything I could disagree with concerning wrecklessness or fast skiing in his article.

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Extreme speed on groomers kills. Much safer to ski the trees and bump trails.   Maybe groomer trails need speed bumps every 100 feet or so.  Oh wait they already do that in Terrain parks.  Scratch that idea.  What's next proactive patrol with radar guns? Ugh!  Maybe if we banned shaped skis and shaped snowboards or went back to skinny straight skis that would slow folks down.   I don't know what the answer is.  Folks seem to be skiing faster on shaped skis in recent years. 


Maybe the answer is each ski area has one designated groomer trail for high speed runs.  Only one person is allowed to go down at a time much like a race course. Or at least designate 2 hours a day 11:00am to 1:00pm every day on one trail for high speed runs. 


Edited by catskills - 4/10/2009 at 02:16 pm GMT

Edited by catskills - 4/10/2009 at 02:21 pm GMT
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