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March 23, 2008

14 Year Old Dies Skiing Heavenly

Bad news from Heavenly:

A 14-year-old girl died Thursday afternoon following a ski accident at Heavenly Mountain Resort, authorities said.

Emily Clothier, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., apparently died from blunt force trauma after hitting a tree, although an exact cause of death was pending, said El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Les Lovell.

The girl was wearing a helmet and was practice skiing with the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation, Lovell said. She was found by her coach who was skiing about one minute behind her, he added.

The accident happened on the Nevada side of the ski resort at about 1:30 p.m., Heavenly officials confirmed...

The girl received immediate medical treatment at the scene and then was taken by CALSTAR helicopter to Barton Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:39 p.m., Lovell said.

The accident occurred in the ski resort's Stagecoach area. The girl skied off the Stagecoach trail and into a wooded area, according to Heavenly. The resort has begun a routine investigation of the accident, Pecoraro said.

Even helmets do not protect 100%.

When we were at Wolf Creek, helicopters were flying overhead searching for the two snowboarders that got lost (and were not found). Remember that it is a dangerous sport. Trees. Tree wells. Blizzard conditions. Cold. Cliffs. Icy roads. There are lots of dangers.

Talk to your kids about safety. Remember safety yourself. Stay in control and stay safe. Especially be safe about alcohol and drugs. Save the crack smoking for the condo. Every time some a-hole is getting on the lift in front of me and is drunk or I smell the pot smoke, I think about getting clipped from him and tearing an ACL or busting my dome.

Posted by Justin at March 23, 2008 12:02 PM

Comments

That's so sad. I guess I can chalk that up as just one more reason you won't find ME on a snowy mountainside. If they have a nice warm LODGE, however.. you might try to find me there! :) This Texas girl does not do snow!

Stopped in to see how you are doing. Sorry to hear about your grand dad. Hope he comes through it well.

Stay safe on those slopes and watch out for those evil trees. They jump out of nowhere.

And I'll leave you with one more thought...

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Posted by: Joni at April 2, 2008 08:15 PM

i feel sorry for him, better to be careful to others...:(

Posted by: bestski at April 3, 2008 06:31 PM