MinggAlmost the exact situation happened with me - there was a guy down and another person had already stopped to help. When I got to the bottom I told the lifty to call patrol but they were already called. I took another run and when I was over top of the scene I saw them doing CPR. Not too long later an ambulance arrived and the ambulance waited around for a while. I don't think he ever made it off the hill and did pass away. My guess is if they life flighted him out of there they must have got a pulse back? From my very limited experience there usually is at least some chance that things were going okay but please correct me if that's wrong. Either way it's a long road to recover from a cardiac arrest situation. I'm sorry you had to see that - it's a pretty jarring experience especially in such a familiar/unexpected situation.
Yeah medical helicopters won't pick up an unstable patient so he definitely would've had to have a pulse and be somewhat stable. That said, the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is like 10%. Immediate trauma arrest from blunt force trauma is probably worse. Sorry for being a debbie downer but unfortunately that's the reality of these things.
ThegenericskierThis season 2-3 people have passed at my hill because the higher ups don't want to spend money putting pads up on snow guns on the sides of the runs. The day before christmas a father of 3 kids passed because he hit a snow gun head first at about 30 MPH with no helmet. i've never heard so many sirens in my life before.
I almost saw some guy do that at Jay Peak. Dude was zooming and ate shit and his head missed the spout for the snow gun hose by inches. My brother couldn't understand why I was yelling holy shit. Well yeah because that dude almost died by an inch. Those are preventable deaths and definitely liable.
First and foremost thanks to all you ski patrollers because people “know” what you do out there but most of them have no fucking clue.
People can die a lot of different ways at ski resorts, collisions with people or objects, sliding into objects or just sliding at high speeds on steep firm slopes, tree wells, medical emergencies, workplace accidents and too many others to list. It’s more common thank you’d think.
One time we had a guy ski down to the village at the end of a nice day. He stopped and dropped dead of a heart attack in front of his wife. Unfortunately we have this policy where a coroner has to pronounce someone dead at the scene of the death before we can move the body 99% of the time. Coroners aren't always right around the corner so sometimes it takes a while. This one took a while and I had to stand there with the guy and his wife for an hour until the coroner got there.
One time we had a guy that was reported missing. Eventually patrol found him in a tree well. Later that year the patrol director found a dead gopro in the location that the guy died and he turned it in to us. We turned it into the sheriffs department but before we did I was asked to review the footage to see if anything substantial was on there. Obviously because I’m posting this story in this thread you can imagine what was on there.
One time I got word towards the end of the day that a guy was found dead in a tree well. A short time later I got a call from a wife who couldn’t get ahold of her husband. He was gonna ski the trees on the front side and then pick up their son from ski school. He never made it to ski school. Long story short I basically had to twist this ladies arm and lie to her for the next three hours because of that weird coroner rule. I was directed to tell her that patrol was sweeping the mountain and looking for him but we already knew where he was.
Sorry if that’s a somewhat off topic thread jack but I’ve never talked about any of these before so figured maybe it was time to let em out.
That sucks. It's really sombering to hear of skiing accidents and I'm sure it sucks to be part of them. I think that coroner procedure is a law or something. At my ER in Ohio, when someone arrives in cardiac arrest, the family/friends can't touch them until the coroner arrives. This is especially fucked when it's kids but it makes sense so they can rule out any foul play. It would suck to be the person who has to keep the family away or to watch the person until the coroner arrives.