Skier fell at MMSA, died from injuries

mmsamainlodgeMammoth Lakes, CA, February 4, 2013 — At approximately 12:40pm yesterday, a male skier, 49, lost control and fell in upper Wipe Out 2 (a Double Black Diamond run at the top of Mammoth Mountain).

According to witnesses, the guest fell, slid down the chute, collided with a rock and continued to slide.  Two guests who witnessed the fall were first on scene and began CPR. Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol arrived almost immediately after to administer first aid and transport the guest to Main Lodge Ski Patrol. The individual was rushed to Mammoth Hospital Emergency Room where sadly, he passed away as a result of his injuries.

Any inquiries regarding this incident should be referred to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.


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9 Responses to Skier fell at MMSA, died from injuries

  1. Dingo February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Dang, harsh. I’ve seen this happen from the chair in the past and I don’t care to ever see anything like it again. Luckly, the individual I saw lived. I honestly thought the dude had to be dead with the head first impact into the rock and also the way he slid down to the bottom limp and lifeless. Prayers to the family.

  2. sierragrl February 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I thought there were a lot of sirens going on, much more then usual. Sorry to hear it was a fatality. We all know that skiing has inherent risks, but for the most part, people stay pretty safe while doing it. Not too often does one die. My heart goes out to his family. I imagine he was an expert skier, and one of those unanticipated things happened…gotta be a brave soul to do a double diamond.

  3. Snow S February 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Frank was such a kind and cheerful person, his tall frame welcomed in any friendly hallway chat. He will be missed by his coworkers all.

    • Samomom February 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      So sorry for you loss. I saw the ski patrol working so hard to save him. Know that they never have up trying. People on that side of the mountain stopped and just sat on the runs , including my husband because they were shocked to see what was occurring.

  4. anonymous February 5, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Was he a local.?? We saw all the sirens going on. My heart goes out to his family…

  5. Loic Bioche February 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Franck will be dearly missed. He was my cousin, his mother and my mother are sisters. He spent most of his vacations in the Chamonix (France) area. His father was a rock climber, and an architect by trade. Mountains and ski were not a mystery to him. He came to Rancho Bernardo after years in Paris, Orange County, Phoenix, Palo Alto. It was an accident, a combination of bad luck and error in judgement. Mountains are not Disneyland, do not forgive mistakes, speak the truth. Franck, have a good trip, you were always good at what you were doing, we will miss you. My condolences to your wife and your son.

    • Sierra Lady February 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Very, very sorry about the loss or your cousin. He sounded like a good man and an experienced skier. Prayers go out to your family and his family during this difficult time. 🙁

      B. Richter
      Mammoth Lakes

    • Bob February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Loic & Franck’s family

      I’m so sorry for your loss and especially to his wife and son. My 18 yr old son saw Franck from the chairlift just after he hit the rock, slid and 2 skiers stopped him. So my son sped down to his aid, took his pulse which there was none and began CPR. Shortly thereafter, a ski patrol and an ER doctor showed up. All 3 worked on Franck fervently. Soon many more ski patrolmen showed up with the toboggan and got him to the hospital post haste. All the while trying to bring Franck back but to no avail. I believe that the collision with the rock was an instant demise, but many caring people were all doing their best to try to bring Franck back. My prayers and condolences.

  6. Laetitia February 8, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Our deepest condolences go to you Loic & Franck’s family as we saw him on the toboggan going through Main lodge as the ski patrolmen were doing CPR. It was a very difficult & sad moment, our prayers go to his wife & his son & his entire family.


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