2016-2017 In bound ski/board fatalities

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 March 30, 2017. 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 inbounds on the slopes

Green Type is Fatalities while sledding at the Resort

Blue Type is a Lift Accidents

Purple Type is Employee or Ski Patroller


# Date State Resort Where Trail Difficulty How Cause of death Ski/ Board Age Sex Home town Helmet Reference Ref # 2
1 11/26 CO Keystone Elk Run Intermediate Hit lift tower at high speed   Skier 18 M LA Y
2 12/10 VT Killington Ski Area   Intermediate Found dead   Skier 65 M Lagrangeville, NY
3 12/11 CA Northstar Village Run Expert (off duty ski instructor) hit several rocks and crashed into a creek avoiding other skier   Skier 35 M Incline Village, NV & Kings Beach Y
4 12/11 NV Alpental Ski area     Tree Well death was asphyxia due to immersion in snow Skier 45 M
5 12/11 NV Mt. Rose The Chutes   Avalanche in closed run   Skier 60 M
6 12/12 VT Killington Ski Area         Skier 80 M Wappingers Falls, NY  
7 12/19 CO Breckenridge Alpine Alley   Hit a tree accidental blunt force trauma   48 M Longmont CO Y
8 12/29 CO Ski Granby Ranch Quick Draw Express lift   Fell out of chair lift traumatic rupture of the aorta and blunt force trauma to the torso Skier 40 F San Antonio, TX
9 12/31 UT Snowbasin     Hit tree   Skier 24 M Ogden, UT Y
10 1/1/17 MI Crystal Mountain Penny Lane Intermediate lost control and veered into a tree crash cracked Delaney’s helmet and caused a serious brain injury Skier 10 F La Grange, IL Y
11 1/1 OR Mt. Baker     Found slumped over snowmobile     67 M  
12 1/7 VT Killington Skyeship Gondola   Found on Floor Fall     M  
13 1/13 CO Breckenridge   Expert Found by ski patrol Skull Fracture   47 M Longmot, CO N
14 1/16 VT Sugar Bush Mount Ellen   Hit Tree Hampden Skier 39 M Hampden, MA N
15   PA Shawnee Mountain Ski Area     lost control and struck an orange safety fence     15 F Singapore
16 1/14 UT Brighton Ski Resort     hit a tree   Boarder 35 M Millcreek, UT
17 1/14 NY Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Wanatuska Trail Expert     Boarding 25 M Centersport, NY
18 1/24 CA Squaw Valley Gold Coast Ridge   denotation of an explosive charge     42 M Olympic Valley, CA
19 1/26 WA Stevens Pass Mountain Resort Mill Valley side Expert found the man unresponsive and not breathing     55 M Woodinville, WA  
20 1/26 PA Camelback Ski Resort Hump Expert he went off the trail   Boarding 21 M Stroudsburg N  
21 1/20 died 1/27 UT Snowbasin Resort Bluegrass Terrain Park   He fell hard suffered damage to his vertebrae that extended into the base of his brain Skier   M Ogden, UT  
22 2/4 WV Snowshoe Mountain     went off the trail   Skier 67 M
3 2/5   Cannon Mountain Taft Slalom   lost control     57 F Amherst
24 2/6 WA 49 Degrees North ski area     Tree Skiiing falling into a tree well Boarder   M
25 2/8 NY Hunter Mountain Annapurna Trail Expert   lost control and slid about 200 feet before going off the trail and striking several trees Skier 58 M Orange County
26 2/10 CO Breckenridge Ski Area   Advanced   severe head trauma   26 M Mexico City, MX Y
27 2/11 VT Killington     collided with a tree   Boarder 26 M Toms River, NJ N
28 2/11 CT Mohawk Mountain Ski Area     Collison with another skier   Skier   F
29 2/13 VT Stowe Cliff Trail   trapped in deep snow in a tree well hypothermia Boarder 22 M Needham, M
30 2/15 CO Winter Park Resort Forget-Me-Not   trapped in deep snow in a tree well     17 F
31           severe head injury     44 M KS  
32 2/17 OH Snow Trails     tried to avoid a collision with a young girl and man in his path Hit a pole


  59 M Gahanna, OH
33 2/22 NH Cranmore Mountain Resort   Intermediate crashed into a tree.     13 M   Y
34 2/23 CA Northstar     Treewell     43 M New Canaan, CN
35 2/25 CO Purgatory Resort Demon Intermediate struck a tree     34 F Farmington, NM Y
36 2/26 ID Sun Valley Can-Can   Tree well     34 M Meridian
37 3/3 Me Sugarloaf Skidder trail Double Black Diamond       24 M Farmington N
38 3/3 CO Breckenridge Ski Resort     Broke her leg     15 F Wichita, KS N
39     Hunter Mountain Racer’s Edge Trail Double Black Diamond went off the trail and struck several trees     20 M Cream Ridge, NJ  
40 3/7 CO Eldora Mountain Resort Mule Shoe black diamond crashing into a tree   Boarder 23 M Aurora, CO Y
41 2/19 CO Buttermilk Mountain   Green hit a tree multiple skull fractures and other various serious injuries   20 M OK N
42 3/12 NH Mount Sunapee Skyway trail intermediate         M  
  3/7 OR Mt. Hood Meadows Jacks Woods extremely difficult Hit a tree, found in tree well     57 M Dallas TX
  3/24 CO Loveland Ski Area Lift 8   skied directly into a tree   Ski 35 M Georgetown, CO Y  
  3/21 CO Wolf Creek Ski Area Summer Days Intermediate lost a ski, and, as a result, began to “tomahawk” internal injuries, including broken ribs and a collapsed lung Ski 56 M FL Y


Download a PDF of this chart here. 2016 – 2017 Ski Season Deaths 3.30.17

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

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