In a tragic start to this winter season, Boyne Highlands resort in northern Michigan reports a fatal accident yesterday afternoon involving a 17-year old girl (press release).
The accident occurred on Camelot, a beginner rated slope. A witness with the snowboarder said that she fell within the slope boundaries and did not collide with any type of obstacle. Snow and weather conditions at the time of the accident were described as wet snow, with temperatures in the mid-40s.
Boyne’s president and GM, Brad Keen comments: “We are deeply saddened by this accident, our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.”
We would like to extend our condolences as well. Although we’re somewhat accustomed to hearing about avy-related deaths especially in the early-season, this is a truly tragic reminder that no matter where you are snowboarding, or what your skill level is, the sport is inherently dangerous and these risks can never be completely eliminated.