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Four people have sadly died following accidents at US ski resorts in the past couple of weeks, highlighting the inherent danger of the sport we all love. 

On Thursday, a Utah surgeon died at Solitude Mountain Resort. Andrew Gagnon, a 38-year-old transplant surgeon at Intermountain Healthcare, died after an accident in the “experts only” skiing area. Gagnon fell off a 100-foot cliff and then tumbled further down into rocky and tree-covered terrain. Although he was wearing a helmet, he did not survive.

Also on Thursday, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY, reported the death of a visiting male skier at the resort. The skier collided with a tree on Gros Ventre run this morning. Resuscitation efforts were administered on the mountain by JHMR Ski Patrol and continued at the St. John’s Clinic at Teton Village.

“My deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased. My heart goes out to everyone involved.”

– JHMR President Mary Kate Buckley

On Sunday, January 30th, a 30-year-old man from Illinois died in a skiing accident at Mt. Hood Meadows, OR. It is believed Michael Snell lost control on the advanced Ridge Run trail before going off-trail and sliding down the Four Bowl trail. Snell crashed into a tree before falling down the slope. Snell was transported to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Mountain Clinic but attempts to revive him at the scene, transport, and clinic were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the medical center.

On January 20th, a Denver man died in a ski crash at Copper Mountain ski resort, CO. Nicholas Vigil, 24, was skiing with friends through the trees along the intermediate Collage Run when he lost control and crashed. The coroner’s office says he suffered a traumatic brain injury, and his death was ruled an accident.