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Ski Responsibly

Posted - Dec. 22, 2010 at 4:20 a.m.



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Every person who skis, especially those younger skiers who may be inclined recklessness on the slopes, should hear the story of little six- year-old Eliza Bingham.

She was skiing at Snowbird a couple of weeks back in a designated slow zone when a 17-year-old Holladay boy came flying through the air and slammed into her. The two skiers reportedly became entangled and continued sliding down the mountain a few hundred feet before grinding to a stop.

The boy wasn't seriously hurt, but the collision broke Eliza's pelvis in six places and it shattered her leg. Several teeth were knocked loose and she suffered a concussion and bruising on her pancreas, lungs and kidneys.

Her dad, who happens to be an emergency room physician, said Eliza sustained the same injuries he sees when a kid gets hit by a car. He's convinced the fact she was wearing a helmet saved her from death.

The point!

There is no place for negligent and unbridled recklessness on our ski slopes. Those so inclined need to know that criminal culpability is a possibility for such aggressive skiing. The boy in this case was cited with reckless conduct and referred to juvenile court.

"Ski responsibly" should be the mantra of every skier on Utah's slopes.

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