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    Skier Dies at Mount Wachusett

    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news...25/detail.html


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    Wow! Terrible news. If the two cops were worth their salt...you've got to figure the guy had as good a chance of surviving as you can get, given the circumstances.

    Condolences to the family and friends. :<

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    Quite sad. It really bothers me to read this kind of story.
    ~Rich~

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    That does suck It however reminds me of the DIN arguments and how I felt it's usually a lot better to keep your skis on than to be walking out of them at the hint of trouble if you're at all skilled....

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    Stepping out of skis.

    I am nearly 60 years old, 5'7" tall, weigh 165lbs and in excellent physical condition. Despite my age, I ski very aggressively and often very fast when I am with younger skiers. I always have a problem with getting my DIN settings up to the level that I feel comfortable with. Techs in my ski shop claim that they can not "legally" crank my settings past 5 regardless of my being a "Type III" skier because I am over 50 years old. That scares me. I have to argue with them to get them to give me at least a 7. I find it especially nerve wracking when I am on icy steeps that are somewhat bumped up or rutted. Is there really such a "rule" about skiers over 50? I do not want to "step out" of my skis and end up hugging a tree. I have also found that the most violent maneuvers actually occur at times that involve avoiding another skier that has unexpectedly crossed your path. That is precisely the moment that I wouldn't want to lose a ski.

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    Sad indeed. The one reason why a lot of people are injured and die there is due to the fact most people who ski there ski fast. It's just what happens on wide, groomed runs. Whether this was a case of speed or not is currently unknown, but he had to have been going pretty quick to lose a ski just by turning and then end up in the woods without time to fall down beforehand. This is the second time in 2 years a person has been killed on that very trail. It's unfortunate and further damages Wa's rep.
    2003-2004: 21; 2004-2005: 27; 2005-2006: 31; 2006-2007: 31; 2007-2008: 38; 2008-2009: 43; 2009-2010: 42; 2010-2011: 46; 2011-2012: 33; 2012-2013: 26

    2013-2014 Days- 14

    Killington: 10/29, 1/22, 1/23; Suicide Six: 1/21
    Wachusett: 11/16, 11/29, 12/3, 12/10, 12/11, 12/15, 12/17, 12/18, 12/20, 1/13

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    I was at the mountain. I saw the man being brought to the patrol room. A patroller was straddleing him administering CPR as the toboggan was pulled down the hill. From my distance of 50+ feet from the sled I could see it had been a horrific accident. There was definate head trauma.

    The patrollers, and no doubt the policemen that were skiing behind him when the accident occurred, were making every effort to revive him. If you saw what I saw you would know that they gave 110% if not more to try to revive him.
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    I got there shortly after 5pm tonight, and saw the emergency vehicles, rescue crews, etc. It didn't look good, but all I heard at the time was that a skier had gone into the trees on 10th Mountain; I didn't know where and it wasn't obvious from the lift. Since it happened at 3:00 I assume they groomed after the accident. Plus, the trail was closed off until around 7:00 or so. It wasn't until I got home tonight that I knew it was a death.

    Boston.com had a few more details.
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    That article pretty much echoes what I said. I almost ran into someone in that very same spot doing the very same thing. I was able to move out of the way with a quick stop, but if I screwed up stopping there, I would've hit the kid. I believe the kid was actually standing there and not moving. It was a blind spot. Fortunately, my ski didn't pop off and I was able to stop.
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    Killington: 10/29, 1/22, 1/23; Suicide Six: 1/21
    Wachusett: 11/16, 11/29, 12/3, 12/10, 12/11, 12/15, 12/17, 12/18, 12/20, 1/13

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