One tragedy recently occurred at a ski resort in Wrightwood in November 2011. The victim, 23-year-old Angelique De Leon, fell forward while snowboarding down a run and suffered internal injuries. Despite having worn a helmet while she was snowboarding, De Leon died at the hospital shortly after her fall. She was a beginner snowboarder, but had completed the same run several times the day of her accident.
According to the Los Angeles Times (11/28/11), a 24-year-old snowboarder died at the same resort after he crashed into trees during a snowboarding run. That accident occurred in late 2010.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, two people died at different ski resorts within hours of each other. The first accident involved a 62-year-old doctor, who lost control while skiing and fell over an embankment. He was pronounced dead at a nearby medical center. Shortly after, a snowboarder died after hitting a tree and suffering massive internal injuries, according to The Denver Post (11/18/11). The victim had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but died from internal injuries.
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It is up to individual skiers to take precautions when they ski, but ski resort owners also have duties to ensure skiers are as safe as possible while enjoying the resort. This includes making sure ski lifts are fully operational, to avoid a ski lift accident, ensuring areas are clearly marked as being out of bounds and making sure there are no undue hazards on the slopes. It also means making sure there are safety measures in place in case someone does suffer a ski resort injury, such as providing first aid while awaiting emergency services.