List of skiing deaths

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The following is a partial list of skiing deaths of notable people, in chronological order. It includes skiiers and snowboarders both professional and recreational whose deaths are due to accidents or avalanches.

Skiing deaths

NameAgeLocationCountryDate of Accident
Mieczysław Karłowicz32Tatra MountainsPoland-Slovakia border1909-02-08
Giacinto Sertorelli22Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany1938-01-26
James Palmer-Tomkinson361952-01-07
Ross Milne19InnsbruckAustria1964-01-25
Buddy Werner28Las Trais Fluors slope, St. MoritzSwitzerland1964-04-12
Barbara Henneberger23Las Trais Fluors slope, St. MoritzSwitzerland1964-04-12
Michel Bozon20Piste Emile Allais, MegèveFrance1970-01-23[1]
Josef Walcher29SchladmingAustria1984-01-22
Leonardo David24Lake Placid, New YorkUnited States1979-03-03[2]
Hugh Lindsay43 or 44Gotschnagrat Mountain, KlostersSwitzerland1988-03-10[3]
Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz52Beaver Creek Resort, ColoradoUnited States1989-01-30
Duncan MacPherson23Stubai AlpsAustria1989-08-10
Gernot Reinstadler20WengenSwitzerland1991-01-20[4]
Ulrike Maier26Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany1994-01-29
Michael Kennedy39Aspen, ColoradoUnited States1997-12-31
Sonny Bono62Heavenly Ski Resort, NevadaUnited States1998-01-05
Doak Walker71Steamboat Springs, ColoradoUnited States1998-09-27
Michel Trudeau23Kokanee Glacier Park, British ColumbiaCanada1998-11-13
Régine Cavagnoud31Pitztal Glacier, InnsbruckAustria2001-10-31[5]
Line Østvold25Valle Nevado, SantiagoChile2004-09-19
Jonatan Johansson26Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid, New YorkUnited States2006-03-12
Doug Coombs48Couloir de Polichinelle, La GraveFrance2006-04-03
Edward LaChapelle80Monarch Ski Area near Salida, ColoradoUnited States2007-02-01
Billy Poole28Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, UtahUSA2008-01-22
John McWethy60Keystone, ColoradoUnited States2008-02-06
Natasha Richardson45Mont-Tremblant, QuebecCanada2009-03-16
Shane McConkey39DolomitesItaly2009-03-26
C. R. Johnson26Squaw Valley Ski ResortUnited States2010-02-24
Arne Backstrom29Pisco Mountain, Cordillera BlancaPeru2010-06-04
Fredrik Ericsson35K2, Sino-Pakistani BorderChina2010-08-06
Jamie Pierre38Snowbird, UtahUnited States2011-11-24
Jonathan Stevens23French AlpsFrance2012-02-26
Asli Nemutlu18Konakli, ErzurumTurkey2012-01-12
Sarah Burke29Park City, UtahUnited States2012-01-19
Nik Zoricic29GrindelwaldSwitzerland2012-03-10


  1. ^ Hit a tree during a World Cup downhill.
  2. ^ Crashed and suffered brain trauma during a World Cup downhill race at Lake Placid. After being in a coma for nearly six years, he died on 26 February 1985 in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Italy.
  3. ^ "1988: Avalanche hits royal ski party". BBC News. 1988-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Austrian Skier Dies After Race Fall". The New York Times. 1991-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Skiing mourns Cavagnoud". BBC. 2001-10-31.