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2014-2015 In bound ski/board fatalities

It is depressing to start working on this every year. I hope it at some point in time can provide answers rather than news.

Fatalities are high even though the number of skiers is down?

This list is not guaranteed to be accurate. The information is found from web searches and news dispatches. Those references are part of the chart. If you have a source for information on any fatality please leave a comment or contact me. Thank you.

If this information is incorrect or incomplete please let me know.  This is up to date as of April 4, 2015. Thanks.

Skiing and Snowboarding are still safer than being in your kitchen or bathroom. This information is not to scare you away from skiing but to help you understand the risks.

Red type is natural or medical conditions that occurred in-bounds on the slopes

Green Type is Fatalities while sledding at the Resort

Blue Type is a Lift Accidents

2014 – 2015 Ski Season Fatalities

#

Date

State

Resort

Where

Trail Difficulty

How

Cause

Ski/ Board

Age

Sex

Home town

Helmet

Reference

Ref # 2

1

11/15

CO

Breckenridge

 

 

 

Natural

 

48

M

Boulder, CO

 

http://rec-law.us/1EW1ugt

 

2

12/8

CO

Eldora

Jolly Jug

 

Hit tree

 

Ski

22

M

Coral Springs, FL (CU student)

Yes

rec-law.us/1zKCnff

http://rec-law.us/1weCFu5

3

12/12

CO

Keystone

Spring Dipper

Intermediate

Hit Tree

Blunt force trauma

Boarder

26

M

Silverthorne

Yes

rec-law.us/1Gp0N1J

rec-law.us/12W5uBl

4

 

MI

Pine Knob

 

 

Hit tree

 

Ski

51

F

Shelby Township

 

rec-law.us/138UPTP

rec-law.us/1GqS6Ea

5

12/28

WY

Jackson Hole

Brush Alley

 

Found inverted in the snow

Asphyxiation

Skier

54

M

Pepper Pike, OH

 

http://rec-law.us/1wGh5vz

http://rec-law.us/1xCNhnf

6

12/30

NY

Hunter Mtn

D Lift

 

Ski caught lift tower

Fall

Skier

44

F

Brooklyn, NY

 

http://rec-law.us/1tGCuud

http://rec-law.us/1tuBsvx

7

1/31

OR

Mt. Hood Skibowl

Middle Reynolds Trail

Expert

Caught an edge, fell, landing on his head and chest

blunt-force head trauma

Skier

37

M

Medford, OR

 

http://rec-law.us/1xh3TgW

http://rec-law.us/1wVbq5Z

8

 

CO

Keystone Resort

Elk Run

Intermediate

 

 

 

18

M

 

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1JvRa2I

http://rec-law.us/1CJTm51

9

1/7

UT

Snowbird Ski Resort

base of the Little Cloud chairlift

 

struck a tree

 

Skier

63

M

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1xZPKvm

http://rec-law.us/1I5KasB

10

1/13

NH

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

 

 

Hit a tree

 

 

13

M

Westford, NH

 

rec-law.us/191vCOm

 

11

1/17

MA

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

Lobo trail

Expert

Hit a tree

 

Skier

13

M

Westford

Yes

http://rec-law.us/15m0NlH

http://rec-law.us/1Blv5CF

12

1/18

CA

Northstar California ski resort

Rail Splitter 

Advanced

 

 

Skier

67

M

Van Nuys

 

http://rec-law.us/1yzSbVH

 

13

1/18

AZ

Arizona Snowbowl

 

 

Medical episode & fell to snow

 

Skier

46

M

Newbury, CA

 

http://rec-law.us/1GoHSYg

http://rec-law.us/1zixtKC

14

1/19

CO

Copper Mtn

 

 

Medical

 

Board

55

F

Reeds Spring, MO

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1CsmQnl

http://rec-law.us/1ym9NOp

15

1/22

VT

Stowe Mountain Resort

 

 

 

 

 

64

M

 

 

http://rec-law.us/1tiirl7

 

16

1/23

WA

Mission Ridge Ski

 

 

lost control on a ski run

 

Skier

17

M

 

 

http://rec-law.us/1zQKeLX

 

17

1/23

CO

Crested Butte

Lower Treasury

Intermediate

Hit a tree

multiple traumatic chest injuries

Skier

13

M

Olathe, CO

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1H5A123

http://rec-law.us/1z5QkoV

18

 

VT

Stowe Mountain Resort

 

 

 

medical-related

Skier

64

M

 

 

http://rec-law.us/1yLHER0

 

19

2/6

VT

Burke Mountain Resort

 

 

Hit a tree

 

Skier

27

F

St. Johnsbury, VT

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1KsXp7Z

http://rec-law.us/1yYysdt

20

2/7

UT

Park City Mtn Resort

 

 

hit a padded pole

aorta ruptured

Skier

25

M

 

 

http://rec-law.us/1CYVNlm

 

21

2/11

CO

Keystone Resort

Anticipation

Intermediate

Hit a tree

blunt force trauma

Skier

43

M

Conifer, CO

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1DoQQ4d

http://rec-law.us/1yBLUme

22

2/14

NM

Ski Santa Fe

 

 

struck a tree

 

Skier

33

F

El Paso, Texas

 

http://rec-law.us/1vPRd7b

 

23

2/7

CO

 

 

 

 

 

Skier

60

M

 

 

http://rec-law.us/1B9Eson

 

24

2/23

CO

Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

 

 

multiple skull fractures

Skier

22

M

 

No

http://rec-law.us/1FTp3vd

http://rec-law.us/185QUtp

25

2/26

CO

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Northstar

Intermediate

Hit tree

 

Skier

46

M

Rolling Meadows, IL

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1DztkQW

http://rec-law.us/1vTVPcc

26

2/25

WI

Granite Peak

 

 

Went off a jump came down on his neck and head area

Severe brain injury

Boarder

29

M

Oshkosh, WI

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1Fwsepm

http://rec-law.us/184yTvO

27

3/9

NH

Wildcat Mtn

Lower Polecat trail

 

lost control, tumbled down the trail and fell over a 60-foot drop

 

Skier

34

M

North Conway, NH

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1MmSp3X

http://rec-law.us/1wW5cJg

28

3/8

WA

Lookout Pass

Rainbow Ridge

 

hit a tree

 

 

61

F

Silverton, ID

Yes

http://rec-law.us/1BsER3W

http://rec-law.us/1HDrqjL

29

3/9

CO

Winter Park

 

 

 

 

 

34

M

North Conway, NH

 

 

 

30

3/9

NH

Wildcat Mountain

 

 

veered into a tree-covered area

 

 

 

 

 

 

rec-law.us/191vCOm

 

31

2/14

WI

 

 

 

 

traumatic brain injury

Boarder

25

F

Chicago, IL

 

http://rec-law.us/1x19Ndb

rec-law.us/190xHKn

32

3/17

NH

Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

Boarder

23

M

Pelham

 

http://rec-law.us/1EGCj3i

rec-law.us/1HwNUCo

33

3/22

VT

Killington Resort

High Road Trail

Intermediate

Hit a Tree

 

Skier

23

M

Nashua, NH

Yes

http://rec-law.us/19fFbsT

rec-law.us/1y1lBab

34

3/25

ME

Sunday River ski resort

Black Hole

Expert

Went off trail

 

Skier

35

M

Bethel, ME

Yes

rec-law.us/1CdG4fO

rec-law.us/1bxG41q

35

3/25

WV

Snowshoe Mountain

 

 

 

 

Skier

 

M

 

 

rec-law.us/1GxbMYG

 

37

3/29

MI

Crystal Mountain

North Face

 

lose control, striking a tree

 

Skier

40

M

Ludington, MI

Yes

rec-law.us/19BiBeb

rec-law.us/1DfutyP

38

3/28

WY

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

 

collapsed during the alpine leg of Saturday’s Pole Pedal Paddle race

cerebral aneurism

Skier

58

F

 

 

rec-law.us/1GLvgsA

rec-law.us/1Hj8Mgs

39

4/12

UT

Deer Valley Resort

Birdseye run

Intermediate

Hit lift tower

 

Skier

42

M

Pinebrook, UT

 

rec-law.us/1NyMcrt

 

40

4/9

CO

Steamboat Ski Area

Rainbow trail

 

 

complicated fractures to his C1 and C2 cervical vertebrae

Skier

63

M

Steamboat Springs, CO

 

http://rec-law.us/1HwS2Vi

rec-law.us/1yvjDUX

41

4/19

WA

White Pass Ski Area

Cool Air

 

started falling backward. She tried to right herself. The woman crashed into a tree,

blunt force injuries

Skier

60

F

Olympia. WA

 

rec-law.us/1cRrq5X

rec-law.us/1GefzIV

42

4/30

OR

Mount Bachelor

Leeway run

 

lost control and hit a tree.

 

Skier

29

M

Bend, OR

Yes

rec-law.us/1bAN7WA

rec-law.us/1F11S0Z

 

Our condolences go to the families of the deceased. Our thoughts extend to the families and staff at the areas who have to deal with these tragedies.

5 Medical causes, 1 lift accident and 17-18 fatalities 16 hitting trees or 2 hitting lift towers.

The numbers were relatively low through the middle of February and then started to climb recently. 20 fatalities in the West, 5 in the Midwest and 10 in the East. I suspect that was based on weather. No snow in the West and too much snow in the East.

If you are unable to view the entire table Email me at Jim@Rec-law.us and put Ski Area Fatality Chart in the subject line. I’ll reply with a PDF of the chart.

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