Comments for First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com The ski and snowboard world at your keyboard Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:12:17 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Gut Wins World Cup Opener by Peter Siersdale http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/10/24/gut-wins-world-cup-opener/#comment-37952 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:12:17 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=35352#comment-37952 fantastisk skiløber.

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Comment on Advocating for The People’s Mountain by Joe Kelly of Belleayre: An Interview | NY Ski Blog http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2010/02/24/belleayre-ski-new-york-advocating-for-the-peoples-mountain/#comment-35410 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:59:33 +0000 #comment-35410 […] Read the full piece on First Tracks!! Online. […]

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Comment on Washington State Legislator Seeks to Outlaw Skiing Closed Areas by Crystal Charges 2 for Skiing Closed Avalanche Terrain | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2011/01/25/washington-state-legislator-seeks-to-outlaw-skiing-closed-areas/#comment-32594 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:09:01 +0000 #comment-32594 […] Mountain has never before invoked a 2011 Washington State statute that arose from a bill introduced by a state legislator who is himself a Crystal Mountain ski […]

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Comment on Beat the Heat: Summer Skiing on Oregon’s Mount Hood by Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood for all Seasons! - Thrifty NW Mom http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2006/07/17/beat-the-heat-summer-skiing-on-oregons-mount-hood/#comment-32228 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:41:53 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/wp/?p=28#comment-32228 […]  Timberline Ski Resort is located right on the mountain & is  very unique in that it is the only location in the country where you can ski in the summer on the mountain and even a chairlift operates to take you up to the […]

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Comment on Ski Patroller Dies in Squaw Valley Avalanche by Avalanche Control Kills Squaw Valley Ski Patroller | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2009/03/03/ski-patroller-dies-in-squaw-valley-avalanche/#comment-32116 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:12:38 +0000 #comment-32116 […] last ski patrol death at Squaw Valley occurred in March 2009, when 16-year patrol veteran Andrew Entin was swept up in an avalanche while he, too, was conducting avalanche […]

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Comment on Utah Start-Up Produces Electrically-Heated Down Jacket by Rafael http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/01/28/utah-start-up-produces-electrically-heated-down-jacket/#comment-32111 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:12:39 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=34072#comment-32111 Beware Beware Beware of the 90 day warranty. I have had this Jacket for about 6 mo.I have medium sized hands and the pockets feel very small. After the inside zipper broke, within the warranty period, I contacted Raven about this and they told me to get it fixed myself and send them a bill. A solution to the problem? Sure , but I don’t have time to find someone to fix it. My time is valuable. The seam is coming unsown right above the right hand pocket. The pocket that hold that battery is coming unsown. If I run the heat for a short time and turn it off, I have to disconnect and the reconnect the batter in order for it to turn on again. It does keep me warm when it is on but for the price I should not have so many build quality and functional issues. My advise is to pass on this jacket until they improve their quality, warranty and problem resolution process.

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Comment on The Truth About Ski Resort Fatalities by Dick Bolt http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2017/01/17/the-truth-about-ski-resort-fatalities/#comment-31927 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:26:24 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=36210#comment-31927 The consistency of the number of ski accidents resulting in death may not reflect slope accidents. Better responses from Ski Patrol, other skiers with cell phones & local EMS may result & No Hands CPR training may be saving lives! Also, not reporting chair accident deaths related to a heart of other conditions may be giving ski resorts the ability to duck out of some responsibility for not requiring the safety bail to be down! Falling 30 ft to the icy snow below is a sure killer!
It could also indicate the ski resorts as a whole is not doing much to reduce the existing hazards.
Freak Accidents as ski resorts like to call them!
Of course, there is NO SUCH thing as a “FREAK ACCIDENT”, that is the terminology used when a group or ski resort wants to duck any responsibility! One ski accident in my area tried to call both one ski tree collision a freak accident & then tried again 30 days later on same slope & almost in same area!
Most all ski accidents can be prevented or greatly reduced by better management that includes MITIGATIONS! The National Group that represents the US Ski resorts and tries to convince the ski public that its ALL the skiers fault needs to stand up to the challenge and help improve the slope & ski slope management! Its not all the skiers fault on most accidents. The slope management is likely related to all accidents, including the skier collisions among other skiers. Its most likely this type of accident is mostly the skiers fault, but not all!
I like to speculate on actual near misses & then go look for corroboration by finding actual data. One windmill I charged at was Downhill ski deaths from hitting adjacent trees at Ski resorts. My belief is there are many close calls before a tree hit causes a death that I believe a ski resort should provide a mitigation. Many broken bones on ski slopes are a precursor to ones that result in death! Ski resort Management should not hide theses, but use them to make changes that reduce or prevent accidents on slope or even death!
An annual Major ski resort accidents: Hidden data that lead up to fatalities.
A WAG would be, there are likely hundreds of ski brush-by limb contacts that are likely to occur. Possibly also 20 hitting a tree and only resulting in so form of injury. Finally one death every few yrs from at speed hit directly into a tree trunk or large limb. Likely head contact with or without helmet. ! trail events and have a near miss of hitting a tree. Also 100 or so hitting just a part of a tree limb.

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Comment on Sale of Ski Resort Operator Intrawest Approved by Report: Intrawest Considering Sale | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2006/10/17/sale-of-ski-resort-operator-intrawest-approved/#comment-31845 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:36:01 +0000 #comment-31845 […] Reuters report says that Intrawest’s majority owner, Fortress Investment Group LLC, which bought the company for CAN$2.9 billion in 2006, has already begun reaching out to potential […]

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Comment on Hickory Ski Center to Reopen Saturday Following Four-Year Hiatus by Hickory Ski Center Won’t Open This Winter | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2009/12/31/hickory-ski-center-to-reopen-saturday-following-four-year-hiatus/#comment-31760 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:25 +0000 #comment-31760 […] Other challenges have also afflicted Hickory in recent years. Entirely dependent upon natural snowfall, the snow pack in the southern Adirondacks has not supported consistent operations at Hickory in recent years, since Saratoga Springs native and current Texas resident Bill Van Pelt reopened the ski area in 2010. […]

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Comment on Vail Announces Layoffs at Whistler Blackcomb by mallthus http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/11/25/vail-announces-layoffs-at-whistler-blackcomb/#comment-31031 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:08:37 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=35697#comment-31031 This should come as no surprise to anyone. Truth be told, what they’re saying about relocation and visa assistance is far beyond what most companies would be doing in such a situation.

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Comment on Private Equity Firm Buying California’s Squaw Valley Ski Resort by County Approves Expansion of Squaw Valley Village | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2010/11/23/private-equity-firm-buying-californias-squaw-valley-ski-resort/#comment-31005 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:01:17 +0000 #comment-31005 […] proposed five years ago by KSL Capital Partners, shortly after the real estate investment trust first acquired the Village at Squaw Valley. The proposed expansion, to be built on the site of the resort’s existing parking lot, was […]

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Comment on Halfpipe Skiing Gets Olympic Nod by Halfpipe Skier Justin Dorey Retires | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2011/04/06/halfpipe-skiing-gets-olympic-nod/#comment-30820 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:00:45 +0000 #comment-30820 […] of his life. The moment changed Dorey’s outlook on how he perceived Olympic Games as a whole with the inclusion of halfpipe skiing to the list of events for the first time in Olympic […]

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Comment on Halfpipe Skiing Gets Olympic Nod by Herman Wins Olympic Slopestyle Qualifier As World Cup Season Opens | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2011/04/06/halfpipe-skiing-gets-olympic-nod/#comment-30702 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:25 +0000 #comment-30702 […] and halfpipe skiing will make their debut at the 2014 Olympic program in Sochi, Russia after being added to the program […]

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Comment on Colorado Gets Ready for Winter with Ski and Snowboard Expo by JustChalets http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/10/06/colorado-gets-ready-for-winter-with-ski-and-snowboard-expo/#comment-30670 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:50:06 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=35140#comment-30670 Can’t wait! This’ll be the first time I’m in the states for the start of the season in over a decade. Sounds like this’ll be the best expo yet.

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Comment on Seven Springs Completes Puchase of Laurel Mountain Ski Area’s Assets by Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain Confirmed to Reopen This Winter | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2008/12/08/seven-springs-completes-puchase-of-laurel-mountain-ski-areas-assets/#comment-30663 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:01:45 +0000 #comment-30663 […] will be first skiing at Laurel Mountain in more than a decade. Although the owners of nearby Seven Springs closed on the lease of Laurel Mountain back in 2008, and skiing was promised to resume as early as 2011-12, the ski area’s renovation has faced […]

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Comment on Skiing Legend Andrea Mead Lawrence Dies by Remembering Lawrence’s Double Gold in 1952 | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2009/04/02/skiing-legend-andrea-mead-lawrence-dies/#comment-30653 Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:50:29 +0000 #comment-30653 […] She went on to be a role model for future champions, like young Penny Pitou who medaled in 1960. After settling in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., she became an active environmentalist. She was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1958 and was later named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, just days after her death in 2009. […]

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Comment on Tamarack Homeowners Association Reaches Agreement to Operate Ski Area by Tamarack Homeowners Save Ski Resort | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2010/09/15/tamarack-homeowners-association-reaches-agreement-to-operate-ski-area/#comment-30649 Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:32:45 +0000 #comment-30649 […] has operated Tamarack on a limited basis in recent years to keep the resort afloat.  In connection with the acquisition of NEWTRAC’s […]

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Comment on Teen Skier in Critical Condition After Falling in Montana Tree Well by Lawsuit Settled Over Tree Well Death at Whitefish | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2010/12/31/teen-skier-in-critical-condition-after-falling-in-montana-tree-well/#comment-30486 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:10 +0000 #comment-30486 […] Waschle was 16 years old in December 2010 when he was found unconscious in a tree well off the marked runs near Whitefish’s T-Bar 2. He died at Kalispell Regional Medical Center […]

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Comment on $520M Mortgage Secured for Snowmass Ski Village Development by Snowmass Base Village Sold | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2007/04/15/520m-mortgage-secured-for-snowmass-ski-village-development/#comment-30383 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:04:14 +0000 #comment-30383 […] competing with Intrawest to purchase the Snowmass development rights.  Related defaulted on its construction loan and the properties went into foreclosure in 2010. Lenders took possession in 2011, before […]

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Comment on The Ogden Valley: The Other Utah by Utah Ski Resorts Upgrade Amenities and Offerings | First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2008/10/13/ski-ogden-valley-other-utah-snowbasin-powder-mountain-wolf-creek-mountain/#comment-30339 Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:00:28 +0000 #comment-30339 […] city of Ogden, located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, is working hard to break the mold of being “Utah’s best kept secret.” For the second consecutive year, Ogden will continue to offer a Ski3 Pass, which provides a full […]

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Comment on China’s Yabuli Ski Resort to Host 2016 World Championships of Snowboarding by Lenay L Henkes http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2013/03/08/china-ski-resort-yabuli-to-host-2016-world-championships-of-snowboarding/#comment-28074 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:03:31 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=26319#comment-28074 My grandson Judd Henkes had a wonderful experience in China despite the fact that he couldn’t compete in the half pipe. Unfortunately, the construction of the halfpipe was not safe for the competitors, so they had to cancel that portion of the competition.

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Comment on Mountain High Shutters Lifts While Awaiting More Snow by Paul Simonson http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/02/29/mountain-high-shutters-lifts-while-awaiting-more-snow/#comment-27978 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:04:54 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=34591#comment-27978 Pinning their hopes on El Nino is not very smart.
I have seen more rain and snow during non El Nino seasons then this big monster El Nino of this year.

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Comment on Police Investigate Skier Death at Seven Springs by Dick Bolt http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/02/29/police-investigate-skier-death-at-seven-springs/#comment-27976 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:48:30 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=34570#comment-27976 https://www.facebook.com/groups/skisafety/

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Comment on Police Investigate Skier Death at Seven Springs by Dick Bolt http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/02/29/police-investigate-skier-death-at-seven-springs/#comment-27975 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:47:11 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=34570#comment-27975 My believe is, if you bring your family to a public entertainment site such as a Ski Resort, you should not have to risk any of your family’s lives! NONE! The ski resort should not have to hide behind a signed waiver that allows the Ski resort to have NO liability for causing you injury or death no matter what they do or do not do! Something must hold their feet to the fire to make Management decisions & slope design better based on modern safety standards and also correct any that accidents show are needed. For instance, Europe has gone to automatic chairlift safety bar setting. Protection of ALL obstacles ( fixtures, not skiers) on slopes that can be hit (any & all snow heights) by skiers. All curves & cut-off trails on slopes that.a skier can run off trail should be protected by a soft hit net or other device. Its being used in many US ski resorts, b ut not all. Tree hit mitigations could be installed w/o the loss of the trees. Planting bushes ( must be tall enough for snow height compensation) along the tree line that a skier headed for a tree will encounter with some scratches & not death. My belief is there are many close calls before a tree hit causes a death that a ski resort should provide a mitigation. An annual Major ski resort WAG would be hundreds of ski off trail events and have a near miss of hitting a tree. Also 100 or so hitting just a limb. Possibly 20 hitting a tree and only injury. Finally one death every few yrs!
Of course, there is NO SUCH thing as a FREAK ACCIDENT, that is the terminology used when a group or ski resort wants to duck any responsibility! One ski accident in my area tried to call both one ski tree collision a freak accident & then tried again 30 days later on same slope & almost in same area! Most all ski accidents can be prevented or greatly reduced by better management that includes MITIGATIONS! The National Group that represents the US Ski resorts and tries to convince the ski public that its ALL the skiers fault needs to stand up to the challenge and help improve the slope & ski slope management! Its not all the skiers fault on most accidents. The slope management is likely related to all accidents, including the skier collisions among other skiers. Its likely most of that type of accident is the skiers!

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Comment on UPDATED: Skier Meets Untimely End in Utah Avalanche by Russell Green http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2016/01/22/skier-meets-untimely-end-in-utah-avalanche/#comment-27553 Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:49:39 +0000 http://www.firsttracksonline.com/?p=33958#comment-27553 Thank you, Marc, for writing a heartfelt story about my brother. It means a lot to me.

I learned to ski trying to keep up with Doug at Sugarbush. Doug taught me how to ski bumps on Holiday and Limelight at Sun Valley. From Sun Valley we drove to Jackson. We listened to Dark Side of the Moon… We skied Corbet’s (twice, just to make a point) on the same trip. I went many places I would never have gone without my brother Doug ten (twenty…) steps in front of me. I cannot believe he is gone.

I still look up to Doug, and it’s not because of his skiing. Doug was an amazing person – he read everything and thought deeply about things that matter – about people and work and medicine and care and sustainability and justice. He wanted the world to be a better place than it is, and I have to say, I see his point.

At times, I got under his skin as only a younger brother can, but he was always there for me, and for my mother and for many of the people who will read this. There is no set of circumstances under which he would have not been there, except perhaps this circumstance.

I’m glad you had the opportunity to know Doug.

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