Hutchinson Teen Killed In Ski Accident

By: Jennifer Bocchieri
By: Jennifer Bocchieri

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A 13-year-old skier who died after
hitting a tree at SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch in Colorado was from Hutchinson.
Grand County sheriff's officials said Naveed Heidari was skiing with a church group, when he hit a tree on
an intermediate run yesterday.
He suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the Granby
Medical Clinic.

Head injuries in skiing are not common, but they are the number one cause of death and serious injury. Some ski resorts require helmets for skiiers 12 and under.

David Eastwood with The Slope ski store in Wichita says many people don't wear helmets because of the way they look, but they could be a good investment. "It's a really inexpensive way and it's a really easy way, so why not have a helmet, because you're not sure of what's going to happen out there", Eastwood said.

The death marks the first fatality this year at SolVista, a
55-hundred-acre resort. There have been at least five other deaths
on Colorado slopes this season. Last season a record 14 accidental
deaths were recorded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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