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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 11:31 AM
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Damn... we were riding there on Friday! Buffalo Flats is a green, very flat run... the small terrain park is on this run. Goes to show accidents can happen anywhere! Very sad
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Wow, I didn't hear about that.
I hit up key 3-4 times a week...

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I was shocked when I heard it too. Buffalo Flats is a simple green cruiser, not sure how you don't see someone on this run and cant avoid them
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I was having a discussion about this with my friend last night. He believes that anyone who was going fast enough on a green run to kill themselves despite wearing chest and head protection completely brought that upon themselves. He said it was like driving highway speeds on surface streets. Obviously the argument stalemated because very few people know the real facts, but my main point was that you don't have to be doing mach 1 to sustain mortal injuries in a collision. I figure a 20mph sudden stop into a tree could do someone in if they hit a certain way.

In any case, makes me sad to hear people dying while snowboarding. Rest in peace.

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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
We just had a skier die at Keystone yesterday. I don't know if it has been determined if he hit the trees where he was found or if it was a medical condition. At least in the lower 48, these collision deaths seem to be on an upward trend this year. Record setting? Probably not, but it does seem to be happening more frequently than in the past few years.

*I just read it was blunt force trauma for the skier so it was another collision death. RIP to both of these souls.
Did you guys see this one?

Sugarbush skier dies after hitting tree | Burlington Free Press |

Quite a smack here... - Skiing Fatal Crash Into Tree

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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 04:54 PM
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From the news here...

He was wearing a helmet and chest protector. Experienced boarder on a novice/intermediate run. Tried to avoid people and ended up hitting a stump in the woods.

Conditions are good here in Southern Alberta, so probably can't blame it on the snow. Recently I've noticed more on hill congestion than I'm used to, so I'll pick my way through but a lot of times I have to slow down more than I'd like to.

Hope his family is okay. After I heard about the accident the other night I told my girlfriend if I died snowboarding to tell people not to be sorry for me. I certainly don't hold back on the hill, and I've got the experience to back up the risks that I take. But at the same time I realize that I could mis-judge something one day and kill myself. I've separated both shoulders on stupid falls when I've been tired or going too fast when I couldn't see. Hurt my chest twice in two incidents where I let my confidence get ahead of me.

At the same time I don't see myself slowing down. I did think about the guy that died at Castle, when I was out on Sunday. I was still bombing at my usual pace, but I stayed a little closer to the centre of the runs, and slowed down just a little more than usual when coming into groups of people. It isn't a bad thing to be reminded of your mortality once in a while!
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