Head injury claims life of skier at Squaw Valley
A 28-year-old first lieutenant with the Nevada Air National Guard died from a head injury Wednesday afternoon while skiing at Squaw Valley USA.
Reno resident Mark Logan Boles was skiing with friends inside the boundaries of KT-22 when he fell and fatally hit his head on a stump about 2:20 p.m., Placer Sheriff’s Sgt. Helen Thomson said Thursday.
“There was no indication he was wearing a helmet,” Thomson said.
Boles received immediate attention from Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, which administered life-saving efforts at the scene.
However, Boles succumbed to his injuries before he could be transported to a hospital, Thomson said.
Boles was a C-130 pilot with the 192nd Airlift Squadron in Reno and was on active-duty orders in support of contingency operations, said spokesman Erick Studenicka with the Nevada National Guard.
Boles joined the military in May 2000 and received numerous awards, including two Air Force commendation medals, Studenicka said.
Boles’ death is the second of the season for Tahoe-area resorts.
In November, a 19-year-old Stateline man died after falling 30 feet from the Dipper Express chairlift at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Ryan Donald Moore fell from the chairlift after leaning forward to care for a leg cramp.
The restraining bar on the chairlift was not engaged, and Moore was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fall, said Russ Pecoraro, the resort’s spokesman.
Nationwide, an average of 37 skiing and snowboarding deaths occur each season, with 22 fatalities in the 2006-07 season, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
A helmet can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury and many skiers and snowboarders today choose to wear them. Helmets are designed to reduce the severity of head injuries, but they are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 12 mph or slower. If a skier hits a tree, object or another skier at a moderate or high speed, a helmet may not prevent or reduce a serious injury.
Tips for selecting the appropriate helmet:
— Use a skiing- or snowboarding-specific helmet.
— Make sure the helmet fits properly and does not restrict vision or hearing.
— Buy a helmet that conforms to industry standards.
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