Mammoth Times is reporting that a 49-year-old skier died yesterday after falling in one of the Wipe Out chutes at Mammoth Mountain. Here are more details on the accident as reported.



Skier Dies After Falling In Wipe Out Chute @ Mammoth


Mammoth Times is reporting that a 49-year-old skier died yesterday after falling in one of the Wipe Out chutes at Mammoth Mountain.  Here are more details on the accident as reported.

A 49-year-old skier died Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mammoth Mountain after a nasty fall in one of the two Wipe Out chutes near the top of the mountain, according to a statement issued Monday by the ski area.

The accident happened at approximately 12:40 p.m., according to the statement.

A male skier, 49, lost control and fell in upper Wipe Out 2 (a Double Black Diamond run at the top of Mammoth Mountain).

According to witnesses, the guest fell, slid down the chute, collided with a rock and continued to slide.

Two guests who witnessed the fall were first on scene and began CPR.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol arrived almost immediately after to administer first aid and transport the guest to Main Lodge Ski Patrol.

The individual was rushed to Mammoth Hospital Emergency Room where he died as a result of his injuries – Mammoth Times


  • vince

    Everyone should wear a helmet, Under 18 required to wear a helmet. Over 18 its your life to lose.

    I would wear a full face helmet if I could pull it off without looking absurd.
    I always wear a standard helmet.
    Im an old guy and ski pretty cautious, but I dont mind adding in some body armour too. You never know.

    That said, sorry it happened, glad he was doing what he loved. Sometimes the feel of the wind in your hair is worth the risk. Its your decision (just dont sue the mountain)

  • Gotobarry

    A friend just told me about this now and I looked it up. I am 50 and fell at the top of wipeout 1 in January in icy conditions. I had a helmet on. I want to share the experience because it scared the hell out of me. Firstly I consider myself an advanced skier and have skies wipeouts many times. On this day I had no chance. Wipeout 1 is a 40 degree slope. I caught the back of my ski on the first turn. After that you are pretty much in free fall for about 30 seconds. That is a long time to look and see the oncoming rocks and contemplate you last moments. That is what I did as I fell. I thought about my kids, my trust and how stupid I was. I really looked inside and contemplated the stupidity of my last moment alive. Then it was all over no collision with the rocks and no breakages. Btw I’ve broken an ankle before and it was not scary like this. So why post?

    Here is my lesson. Always wear body armor and helmet. Make sure your skis are adjusted that they will come off in a fall. Look at your fall line before descending into a chute. Do you see a fall line through the rocks. Know where it is should you fall. Pick a line down the chute and know where it is relative to the fall line. If you don’t see a clear line don’t go. Pick a different run. If you do fall immediately turn onto your back face first. I was not able to do so quickly as one ski was too tight it would not spring loose. Dig your boots in where you can an lean into the fall line stealing with hands on the ice.

  • Ski bunny

    Ron, do you remember Natasha Richardson’s ski death? She died from hitting her head at the bottom of a beginner run. People have the choice to protect themselves or not. I believe that at minimum, all kids under 18 should have to wear a helmet. They shouldn’t have to be left unprotected because of a stupid adult’s decision. It pisses me off to no end when I see families on the mountain with helmetless kids. If an adult wants to temp fate and prove Darwin’s theory, well it’s up to them.

  • Ronald N. Schwartz

    Wearing helmets should be required on anything over a blue run.
    Persons without helmets should not be allowed on lifts that service advanced terrain.
    It’s simple.

    • Rebellin

      I’ve had more close encounters skiing with my kids on beginner runs than on the double diamonds. The danger on those runs is the people who don’t know how to ski well enough to stay in control I say everyone should wear a helmet all the time!

  • Ski bunny

    I was at the bottom of the run watching all the commotion and crowds gather. I knew it couldn’t be good and then my husband radioed me from Chair 23 saying he saw ski patrol doing CPR. People coming down Scottie’s stopped at just sat. No one was coming down. It was very sad to see all of this transpire. I watched ski patrol on top of the man in the sled still pumping his chest all the way to Main lodge. The ambulance was waiting, but they took him inside first. No one was in a hurry to get him down the hill after that. Everyone knew then that it wasn’t good. I sure hope that he didn’t suffer. It was icy up to where he was. I’m wondering if that was a bad choice to try the chutes that day despite his experience. I also wonder, if rumors are true, that had he been wearing a helmet maybe things would have been different. My husband, kids and I all wear them I know they don’t prevent all injuries( my two torn ACL’s!), but at least give yourself a chance.

    My condolences to the family and friends.

    • Anonymous

      I did a fall that sounds similar on Sat April 6th, 2013. I had on a helmet and slid long enough to go through many stages and thought processes – including “this might be it.” My heart goes out to this man and his family! He was doing something he loved, as was I. I will ski Wipeout Chutes again (with a helmet, and perhaps a flak jacket) when the conditions are better & am thankful I learned a couple of lessons.

  • AM

    I actually know this man and just heard from his wife of this tragedy. He is infact European (French to be exact) and an excellent skiier. This was an unfortunate accident and my heart goes out to his grieving wife. RIP Frank!

  • RH

    I was on this run immediately after the accident 12:45. Conditions very technical at the top. I was enjoying the run, until i saw the accident. The patrol did all they could. My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. After 52 years on the slopes without a helmet, i wear one every run now.

  • Jon Walters

    That’s a great way to go out, but sadly, also much, much too early. Prayers to all grieving family and friends.

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