Monday, December 27, 2010

All the Streets Are Ploughed and The Sky is Gray

One thing that is good about Whistler is that the snow plows do their work.
The streets are clean and you still have the beautiful view of the heavy snow clad trees and peaceful quiet people so yearn to have around them.

Christmas was spoiled for one family from Cali though this year.
They went down hill as a family and their 20 year old son steered off the path and they couldn't find him when they reached bottom. A search was made which had to be stopped when it got too dark and continued in the morning, at which point, they found the young man dead by the creek.
No one knows if he wore a helmet.
I asked my son where this creek is and he said way off the path and he saw no reason why the boy should end up there.
He said even in the gondola which hovers 1,500 overhead, one would not be able to see him there unless maybe if he wore extremely bright colors.
All he could see around the creek area were logs.

So how did the 20 year old make this mistake to go in that direction?
Did the snow blind his view of the path?
I guess we will never know but this makes it even more important to ski or snow board in groups and keep your eyes on one another.

Many mountains have the path cordoned off so people do not go off course but Whistler has too much ground to cover and maybe they do not do this, so people have to be very careful.

I found out that they do sell ski jackets equipped with GPS devices in the sleeve which can
help search and rescue track you. Sorta like a dog wearing a chip under the skin lol

I think it is a great idea and in this case, would have helped locate the lad sooner than they did and maybe saved his life.

A tragedy occurred Christmas of Dec 2010 and condolences must be sent to the family, devastated
by the loss of a son, while the world was celebrating the birth, of the son of God.
Is there a meaning here?

This is BC.
Beautiful, wild and dangerous.
Generous and greedy.
Loved, cried and died over.
Free and restricted
Plentiful and lean.

Whatever you are looking for,
You will find it here.
And if nothing else, the local stories will
definitely keep you entertained.


George said...

Your photo is wonderful, but the story of the young man on the ski slope is sad. A GPS in the sleeve sounds like a good idea to me.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks George

Akelamalu said...

What a terrible tragedy for the family of that young man. It is a pity he didn't have the GPS system you mention, it could have saved his life. :(

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - I think this is a very good idea to have such a thing in your clothes.
and better yet to stay on the designated paths they give you to board on.
But when the weather is snowy I can see how you can easily get off course.
My son also said he fell into some deep snow and had to remove his boots and board to get out.
I didn't find it funny and told him he would kill me, staying out all night looking for him.
So staying in groups is the best way to go.

Mama Zen said...

How sad!

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

This was very sad, and to happen at Christmas makes it even more so.

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen and Bill Thanks.
It sure gives one a funny feeling when something like this happens. That's for sure.

Baron's Life said...

I like the GPS in trhe sleeve theory...I thinkk it should be generally implemented as a mandatory safety requirement.
Cheers Lady !

A Lady's Life said...

Baron I so agree. It's a great invention.
Even for little kids. If they run away in the store or something you can track them down.