The winter season has gotten off to a fast start — ski resorts around the West already are reporting more than 100 percent of their annual average snowfall, and it’s not even January.
But the season also has gotten off to a deadly start: Seven people have died inbounds at ski areas since Dec. 18.
The majority of the victims were young, male snowboarders.
On Dec. 18, a 35-year-old male snowboarder died after dropping off a 40-foot cliff at Colorado’s Wolf Creek ski area.
Two days later, a 31-year-old male snowboarder died at New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain.
At Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows, a 15-year-old male snowboarder died Dec. 22. On Christmas Eve, a 23-year-old male snowboarder collided with a 5-year-old girl and her mother at Hogadon Ski Area, south of Casper, Wyo. The snowboarder and the young girl both died from chest injuries sustained during the collision.
In Whistler on Dec. 25, a 20-year-old male snowboarder, who was reported missing on Dec. 24, was found dead in a creek that had been covered by a snow bridge.
On Dec. 27, a 24-year-old male snowboarder perished after hitting a tree at Southern California’s Mountain High ski resort.