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Skier dies at Windham Mountain

Jan 17, 2011 5:42 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Windham Mountain"][/caption]An 18-year-old Long Island woman, characterized in most reports as a "novice skier," died after a skiing accident at Windham Mountain on Sunday, January 16. The Daily Mail and other local papers reports that Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle of North Bellmore sustained extensive head injuries Sunday morning after striking a tree off-trail, according to state police. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, after Malloy-McArdle had gone off the Upper Warpath trail, which was marked as “more difficult” using the blue square symbol, according to the resort. State police said Malloy-McArdle was “a novice skier” and lost control on the trail. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

She was treated at the scene by two physicians and members of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. After on-site treatment she was transported by Windham Ambulance and Greene County EMS to the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where she was later pronounced dead.

“This is a tragic event,” said Tim Woods, general manager of Windham Mountain, in a statement. “We grieve along with the young woman’s family.”

The last ski-related fatality at Windham Mountain occurred more than 15 years ago. According to the National Ski Areas Association, an average of 40.6 people have died skiing/snowboarding per year in the past decade.

Two years ago, the death of actress Natasha Richardson of a head injury suffered while skiing in the Canadian Laurentians, with a helmet on, drew much attention to the sport.
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