Monday, March 03, 2008

Skier deaths depart from norms this year

The death of the 39-year-old woman skiing at Winter Park this weekend is just the latest proof in what one of my friends who ski patrols has been saying: the demographics for skier deaths are far from normal this year.
They're too young, too old, or too lacking of a Y chromosome.
Here's what I mean. Most fatal accidents happen when an advance or intermediate male skier between the ages of 18 and 35 strikes a tree on a green or blue run after lunch.
This weekend's skier struck a tree (as have 5 of the 10 skiers who died this year in Colorado) but it was at 9 a.m. And she was a she.
She comes in addition to two boys and a 67-year-old man who died this year.

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