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Runaway Snowboard – Tuckerman Ravine

At 1300 a person in a line of people fell while climbing up the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. This caused a chain reaction to occur and many more people fell as well. During this event someone dropped their snowboard and it went out of control down the Lip striking the victim on the head. The result was a large laceration on the patients head. The patient was treated by two Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrollers and assisted to Hermit Lake. From there, a USFS Snow Ranger transported him by snowmobile to Pinkham Notch where he was received by an ambulance and brought to a hospital. The incident took 3 people 2 hours to complete.

Skier Injury

The victim injured her knee in a fall while skiing the Lip in Tuckerman Ravine. She was treated by a Snow Ranger and assisted to Hermit Lake by a USFS Snow Ranger and her friends. From there she was transported to Pinkham Notch via snowmobile. The incident took one Snow Ranger and two of the patient’s friends three hours to complete.

Hit by Skier

The victim was climbing up on the Center Headwall to ski when a skier above fell and hit him. He suffered a laceration to his left forearm. He was assisted by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol who bandaged the arm and advised him to seek further medical attention for stitches. He was able to walk out of the ravine on his own. This accident took 3 people 30 minutes.

Long Sliding Fall – Right Gully

The victim was climbing up Right Gully to ski when she fell. Due to the hard snow conditions she went into a high speed uncontrolled slide into the rocks at the bottom of the gully. She suffered contusions on her right arm, hip and knee. Her helmet was dented from the impact. Her arm was put in a sling and she was able to walk out of the ravine to Pinkham. This rescue took 2 people 3 hours.

Ski Injury Right Gully

Forest Service Snow Rangers were contacted by the NH State Police, who had received a call from Maine 911. Maine had received a 911 cell phone call reporting a person injured in Tuckerman Ravine. The victim was skiing Right Gully when he fell and slid into Lunch Rocks. He suffered soft tissue injury to his lower back and buttocks. He was able to walk out of the Ravine. The Snow Rangers met him on the trail and assessed his condition. He was able to walk out with volunteers carrying his equipment. This incident took the Snow Rangers 1 hour.

Snowboard Injury

The victim was hiking out of the Tuckerman Bowl at approximately 2:15pm carrying his snowboard. About half way down the trail to Hermit Lake he slipped on some ice, tumbled two or three times and fell along his snowboard. The edge of the board cut through his clothing and put an eight inch long laceration on his outer right thigh. The board cut through muscle and hit his femur. Forest Service Snow Rangers were contacted and responded to the scene. The bleeding was controlled and the victim was put in a litter and taken to Hermit Lake. From there he was transported by snowcat to an ambulance waiting at Pinkham Notch. At the hospital the victim received hundreds of stitches and will require physical therapy to recover. This accident took 6 people two hours to complete.

Skier Fall in Chute

The victim was skiing the Chute when he fell approximately 200′ and suffered a knee injury. He was attended to by an EMT in the ravine and assisted to Hermit Lake. His knee was re-splinted by a USFS Snow Ranger allowing him to self evacuate to Pinkham.

Skier fall in Chute

The victim was skiing the Chute in the late afternoon when he fell, tumbling about 400′. He suffered multiple bruises and abrasions to his face and arms. He was assisted by his friends to Hermit Lake where he was attended to by the Caretaker. The victim was assisted out to Pinkham by his two friends.

Injured Skier

The victim was skiing when she hit a “chunk of avalanche debris” on the floor of the ravine and tumbled. She was assisted by another person in the ravine who called for help. Her chief complaints were lower back, neck and shoulder pain so she was immobilized on a backboard, transferred to a litter and lowered down the Little Headwall. From there she was transported in the USFS snowcat to Pinkham and taken to the hospital by ambulance. This rescue took 10 people about 2 hours to complete.

Skier Injury – Sherburne

The victim was skiing the Sherburne Ski Trail when he fell and suffered a possible dislocated shoulder. He was attended to by his group and self evacuated to Pinkham then to Androscoggin Valley Hospital.

Sliding Fall – Left Gully

The victim and a friend had just started up Left Gully to snowboard when they decided to turn around due to the hard frozen snow surface making climbing difficult. As they were descending, both fell, with the victim hitting a large rock with his leg. His friend notified the AMC caretaker. The USFS snow ranger, AMC & HMC personnel and volunteers responded. They put him in a traction splint, loaded him into a litter and belayed him down the Little Headwall to Hermit Lake. From there he was loaded into the USFS snowcat and transported to Pinkham and a waiting ambulance. He suffered a broken femur of the left leg. This rescue took 8 people approximately 3.25 hours to complete.

Skier Fall – Chute

The victim fell coming down the Chute and slid and tumbled into the bowl. The victim suffered minor abrasions to the face and chin. He was attended to by the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. The victim left the Ravine on his own. The incident took about ½ hour and 1 person.

Skier Injury – Sherburne

The victim was skiing down the Sherburne Ski trail when a dog from their group got in front of him causing him to fall. He suffered a possible lower leg fracture. His leg was splinted, he was placed in a litter and transported to Pinkham via the USFS Snowcat. The rescue took approximately 1 hour and 4 people.

Injured Skier – Gully #3

The victim was descending Gully #3 (near Hillmans Highway) when he fell. He hit a tree in the “split position” and his lower left leg hit the tree. Victim suffered a knee injury to his left knee. His knee was immobilized, he was placed in a litter and taken to Hermit Lake. From there he was placed in a sled and taken down to Pinkham behind the USFS snowmobile. The rescue took 3 people and about 3 hours.

Injured Skier – Chute

Victim was skiing the Chute when he fell approximately 300 feet. He stated it “felt like my knee might have popped”. His knee was splinted by members of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol. He was placed in a litter and sledded to the Little Headwall. He was then belayed over the Little Headwall and transferred to the USFS Snowcat, which took him down to Pinkham. The rescue took about 2 ½ hours and 4 people.