Whiteface, Gore mishaps result in 2 skiers air-lifted

NORTH CREEK A pair of ski accidents Saturday, Jan. 26 at Whiteface and GoreMountains, saw two skiers helicoptered to regional hospitals, leaving one in critical condition, while the other was released on Sunday. A 16 year old male youth from Mt. Holly, Vt., competing in an Eastern Regional moguls event on the Wilderness trail at Whiteface Mountain, fell on the upper section of the course, where officials stated that he struck his head and chest on the top of a mogul. North Country Life Flight helicopter flew the youngster from the Adirondack MedicalCenter in Lake Placid to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. Saturday afternoon. He was eventually released from the hospital on Sunday. Also, at Gore Mountain in North Creek, a 50 year old Mahwah, N.J. skier, traveling at excessive speed and out of control according to eye witnesses, left the Topridge Trail and struck a tree. The impact caused multiple trauma. Life Flight Helicopter delivered the fallen skier from North Creek to the Albany Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition. Topridge is rated most difficult. According to Gore Mountain Manager Mike Pratt, trail conditions were superior, with powder as the primary surface and a secondary surface of packed powder and hard-packed snow. Both skiers were wearing helmets at the time of the incidents. The two ski and ride areas are managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

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