Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ski Deaths in Michigan Very Few

based on a news article in the On the Snow Newsletter, "Girl's Ski Slope Death One Of Very Few In Michigan," by Mike Terrell, Jan 16, 2009

Although it is always a tragedy when someone dies skiing, very few such deaths occur each year. Mark Doman, a member of the Michigan Ski Safety Board, says that there has been an average of two per year over the past three years. That matches the national rate, Doman confirmed. There were three ski related accidental deaths three years ago, one during the 2006/2007 season, and two last year.

The National Ski Areas Association statistics show that skiing and snowboarding related deaths are much lower than for other activities such as swimming and bicycling. Snowmobile accidents are much higher. Each winter 20-30 people die from a snowmobiling related accident in Michigan alone.

See Indiana Girl Dies in Ski Accident at Treetops
See Norton Shores Teen Dies in UP Skiing Accident
See Grand Rapids Skier Dies on the Trail
See 28 Year Old Man Dies in Snowboarding Accident on Mt. Hood
See Canton Township Girl Dies in Ski Accident at Schuss Mountain
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