Skiing and snowboarding can be two activities that are both fun and great exercise. Both sports come with their dangers, which include both minor and serious injuries and fatalities. According to the National Ski Area Association, over the past ten years, there have been 41.5 skiing/snowboarding related deaths on average each year. About 44.7 people are seriously injured while skiing or snowboarding each year. These numbers are relatively low as 9.8 million or more people hit the slopes each year. Despite the fact that helmets are designed to increase safety and prevent serious injury, 30 of those who were seriously injured were wearing helmets.
The Philly Voice reports that a Pennsylvania man died in a skiing incident in the Adirondacks.
On Tuesday, the New York Police reported that a Pennsylvania man died while skiing earlier this month at Whiteface in the Adirondacks. 21-year-old Nicholas Koch died on December 23rd as he was on the Lower Northway Trail of the ski resort. The ski resort is one of the top skiing destinations in the northeast.
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Koch skied off of the trail and into several trees according to authorities. He was taken to a Vermont hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. On the same day, another man was killed in a skiing incident at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. That victim struck a piece of snowboarding equipment.
According to troopers, Koch’s death remains under investigation. He was at the resort with his family at the time of the accident.