15-year-old skier killed | SierraSun.com

15-year-old skier killed

SOUTH TAHOE – A 15-year-old girl died in a skiing accident Tuesday at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Jennifer Jean Carwiled of Humble, Texas, who was described as an intermediate-level skier, was in the gully between Chairs 5 and 6 with her family when she lost control and struck a tree. She was not wearing a helmet.

“People riding the chair who witnessed the accident said she veered off the groomed trail out of control and that is when she struck the tree,” said Kirkwood spokeswoman Nicole Belt.

Ski patrollers were on the scene within three minutes and began resuscitation en route to the medial clinic at Kirkwood.

“(Ski patrol) made an effort to revive her on the sled ride down to the clinic,” Belt said. “They again tried to revive her at the clinic and those attempts were unsuccessful.”

Belt said this is Kirkwood’s first fatality in two years and serves as a reminder of the great risk involved with skiing and snowboarding.

“Kirkwood is really sympathetic with the family, and basically everyone who skis and snowboards knows there is a risk involved in the sport and even though it is uncommon it is very unfortunate when events like this happen,” Belt said.

The National Ski Areas Association reported that there was an average of 33 fatalities on the slopes nationwide between 1984 and 1998. Persons in their late teens and 20s accounted for 70 percent of those deaths. Most are better than average skiers who are negotiating the periphery of intermediate slopes.

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