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Old 02-19-2009, 04:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Skier dies inbounds at Baker

The Bellingham Herald / News Update / Man dies at Mt. Baker Ski Area
Man dies at Mt. Baker Ski Area

Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Lopez Island man at the Mt. Baker Ski Area on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 18.

David J. Fisher, 49, was skiing with his two sons, ages 14 and 10, within the ski area's boundaries when they came upon an especially steep slope in an area known as the Rat Trap, said Sgt. Kevin Hester of the Sheriff's Office.

Fisher took off his skis and started down the slope to scout a way down, but lost his balance, fell 50 feet down the slope and hit his head on a tree, Hester said.

His sons alerted members of the ski patrol, who tried to revive Fisher by performing CPR but were unsuccessful, Hester said.

Deputies responded to the ski area about 1 p.m. to investigate Fisher's death, Hester said.

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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damn shame - condolences to the family...
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I read this just a little while ago. So sad. I feel so bad for his boys having to watch this. +++vibes to his friends and family. RIP
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RIP.. sigh
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that's terrible, really gotta feel for his sons and the rest of his family. I cannot even imagine.
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Baker is no joke, especially when it dumps.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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sad story, but why take your skis off on a steep slope? i feel so much safer on my board then on foot
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Its a dangerous hill, a few years ago, in one season, 4 or 5 folks died in bounds. Its pretty frequent that people get airlifted off the hill. The locals and staff are great at keeping an eye out for folks that are in trouble or about to get in trouble. It has great in bounds terrain but don't underestimate going off priste, ducking ropes, tree wells and pow. Last year biffed in pow and hiking/swimming to a place to strap back in and nearly fell through an unseen tree well (the tree was completely buried) the only thing that saved me from completely getting sucked under was able to get the board crosswise with my arms over it.
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Sad story, condolences to the family. It is unfortunate, but I have to wonder if he was wearing a helmet, which was not mentioned in the story. His head did impact a tree so I wonder if that may have made any difference. Baker seems like a pretty extreme place where you could definitely get into some trouble, out of bounds or in bounds apparently.
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Unfortunate, it is likely he was not an experienced skier to decide to pull off his skis. So sad for the family.
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