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Skier dies at Whiteface

asnowmobiler

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From what I heard he lost control and hit a tree.

WILMINGTON — A 22-year-old college student from Pennsylvania died while skiing at Whiteface Mountain Tuesday, State Police said.
Essex County Coroner Jerod Heidrick responded to the scene and pronounced Bernhard T. Kahlau, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, dead. His body was taken to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy was completed on Wednesday. The cause of death was determined to be a cervical skull fracture due to the accident, State Police said.
 

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From what I heard he lost control and hit a tree.

WILMINGTON — A 22-year-old college student from Pennsylvania died while skiing at Whiteface Mountain Tuesday, State Police said.
Essex County Coroner Jerod Heidrick responded to the scene and pronounced Bernhard T. Kahlau, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, dead. His body was taken to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy was completed on Wednesday. The cause of death was determined to be a cervical skull fracture due to the accident, State Police said.
Helmet?
 

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Uhhh.... horrible. Were the conditions not great the other day? Whiteface of all places is not a cakewalk under poor conditions.
 

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Not 100% sure, but guessing the odds are high that he was, as another story I read about this tragic event, said that we was a college hockey player, so wearing a helmet had likely been 2nd nature for him for a long time
 

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Other articles mention that it happened on the Upper Approach trail. No articles that I saw mention whether he had a helmet or not though.
 

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Cervical skull fracture> Seems like that is basically where the skull and vertebra meet???? Basically broke his neck and maybe some skull damage as well. If it was that much impact, would a helmet really have prevented death? They are only effective up to the speed at which you basically fall while standing still. You'll survive that, likely with a headache. Skiing speeds, really any speed, is going to be much more than a fall standing upright. I'm sure anything helps, but that does mean you are strapping a Sherman tank on to your body.
 

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Not to forget, helmets aren't strong enough to prevent all head injuries. If the impact is hard enough, even if one is wearing a helmet, it may still crack the skull.
 
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