Iraq--Hell-You can die here!
From a Reno Newspaper:
Alex Newman (ANEWMAN@RGJ.COM) RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL February 11, 2006
After eight skiing-related deaths since Jan. 26, officials are shaking their heads at what they are calling a "tragic series of coincidences."
The most recent crash killed a 57-year-old Los Angeles woman Wednesday at Mammoth Mountain, a Mono County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.
In addition, since Jan. 26, three accidents and a heart attack claimed the lives of four people at Mammoth, two separate crashes killed a woman at Alpine Meadows and a man at Donner Ski Ranch and a Mammoth ski patroller died in an avalanche while skiing in backcountry.
"I think around the community it gave everyone a moment to pause and wonder, was there something that tied these together?" Mammoth spokeswoman Joani Lynch said. "And actually, given all the circumstances, I think people just realized it was a tragic series of coincidences."
"It isn't really that odd for those kind of accidents to occur," Shannon Kendall, Mono County Sheriff's public information officer, said. "What was odd was they happened so close together."
A December 2004 report by the National Ski Areas Association said an average of 39 skiing-related deaths occur nationally each season. During the 2003-2004 season, 41 people died.
Mammoth officials said they typically record one fatal accident and perhaps two deaths from medical conditions.
Chairman and CEO Rusty Gregory, a Mammoth employee 29 years, said he can't remember a similar string of fatalities.
The Feb. 1 death of ski patroller Sara Johanna Carlsson, 31, at Mammoth was especially sad, Gregory said.
"That just added another layer of poignancy on top of all this trauma," he said. "It's very difficult for our professional patrollers to have dealt with this string of incidents on top of losing one of their own in the backcountry. It's been a difficult week."
Officials said none of the accidents occurred because of careless skiing by another skier or snowboarder.
"Each of the incidents were individual skiers losing control in some fashion for some reason, colliding either with the ground or obstacles that are very visible at the resort," Gregory said.
Gregory said Mammoth Mountain has ski patrol and safety officials looking for reckless skiers, who will either receive a warning or have their ticket pulled.
"We met after each (death) and clawed and scratched our heads for ideas about what we could do," Gregory said. "We really have come to the conclusion that we're doing everything we can."
Beyond posting signs, enforcing safety on the hill and educating skiers and riders, Gregory said there is little other safety precautions resorts can take to prevent accidents.
"There's a lot of personal responsibility that comes with skiing or riding and there's a lot of inherent risk I think most skiers are aware of," Lynch said. "It's skiing or riding in a manner where you can still have the exhilaration and protect those around you."
Yes, and in Colorado:
A 28-year-old Illinois man died Tuesday evening, two days after skiing into a tree on the 4 Oâ€™Clock run at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Lee Robinson was transported to Swedish Medical Center where he died. He wasnâ€™t wearing a helmet, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
Breckenridge communications manager Nicky DeFord confirmed that Robinson was the second person in less than a week to die of an accident at the ski area.
On Feb. 15, Major Stephan K. Kajah, 43, of the U.S. Air Force reserve, died of blunt force trauma to the chest after hitting a tree. He wasnâ€™t wearing a helmet either.
There have been two other accidents at ski areas resulting in deaths this year, one at Aspen and another at Beaver Creek.
Conclusion: In Iraq, occasionally a soldier or Marine is killed - intentionally--by Explosive Devices. Here, these people are killing themselves, in the name of "Fun".