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THE NEW HondaManitoba. com UNLOCK A DEAL TOP NEWS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015 A 3 C OLE Hein’s leg is still in a cast more than six weeks after the 13- year- old from Wawanesa fell during a school ski trip at Minnedosa’s Ski Valley. “ It’s a broken leg,” his mother Mandi Hein said from Wawanesa Sunday. “ How many accidents are going unreported?” she asked. Cole attends Wawanesa School. Wawanesa is about 200 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg. Hein went public with her son’s injury one day after the Free Press confirmed an 11- year- old boy suffered multiple injuries last week when he fell from a ski lift at the Asessippi ski resort. The boy fell from the lift after he leaned over to adjust the bindings on his boots, Asessippi general manager Newell Johnston said. Two weeks ago, 13- year- old Kelsey Brewster of Pilot Mound died. She was injured four days earlier after falling — on a challenging hill on which she was not qualified to ski — at Holiday Mountain. The provincial chief medical examiner has not yet determined whether he will order an inquest into Kelsey’s death. Hein said she didn’t know her son had fallen until the bus dropped him off and he had to be helped into the house by his brother and a friend. “ You could see how swollen ( his leg) was and how blue it was already,” she said. Hein said her family wants Manitoba School Boards Association risk manager Keith Thomas and school officials to review the broad policy that governs school ski trips. “ What we want is for Keith Thomas to review it for all of Manitoba — we want the whole policy reviewed,” she said. Hein said Cole was evaluated at the ski hill — as school policy requires — and was on a hill that met his capabilities. He’s receiving treatment regularly in Winnipeg, she said. Thomas said this weekend he was not aware of the Asessippi mishap, but may find a report on his desk today. Johnston said the boy fell about 4.5 metres to the snow- covered slope and there were “ multiple injuries.” The incident was witnessed by a number of people. The resort’s ski patrol was at the scene in minutes, Johnston said. “ The ski patrol administered first aid and called for an ambulance, and then they monitored him and transported him ( from the slope) to the ambulance and the EMTs,” he said. “ There is a safety bar that’s on the chairs, and observers said the student was reaching down to adjust his snowboard bindings, all things I would advise against. When the restraining bar is in the down position, it rests between waist and chest height. You wouldn’t be able to reach your feet if the restraining bar is in place,” Johnston said. The boy is expected to recover. The child did not lose consciousness, said Johnston, who could not confirm reports the child suffered multiple fractures, only that there were multiple injuries. Johnston wouldn’t identify the school the boy attends or to which hospital the boy was taken. The resort manager said he’d spoken to officials at the boy’s school but had no update on the child’s condition. He confirmed reports the boy was a student from a school with a package deal popular with a lot of local schools. It permits classes to ski or snowboard once a week for six weeks in a row. The boy was hurt just before the chairlift was about to dock into position on top of one of the ski runs. “ We’re a valley ski slope. He was more than 75 per cent of the way up the slope when the incident occurred, near the top, probably the last 10 per cent to 15 per cent of ( the way up),” Johnston said. Johnston described the chairlift as rising about 91 metres over a span of 1,000 metres, which is the distance from the base of the chairlift to the top of the slope. “ It’s a gentle slope,” Johnston said. alexandra. paul@ freepress. mb. ca nick. martin@ freepress. mb. ca SUPPLIED PHOTO Cole Hein’s mom found out he was hurt when the bus dropped him off. WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES A boy, 11, got multiple injuries when he fell off the lift at Asessippi. MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES A girl, 13, died after hitting this fence at Holiday Mountain resort. Mom wants ski trips reviewed Son hurt on school outing; says accidents unreported By Alexandra Paul and Nick Martin WHISTLER, B. C. — An 18- year- old Vancouver Island man has died after falling more than 12 metres off a cliff on Blackcomb Mountain. Whistler Blackcomb director of operations Doug MacFarlane said the man was skiing with a group when the incident occurred around 3 p. m. Saturday. He says the teenager was skiing in and out of a treed area near the edge of a trail, next to the Black Diamond run in Crystal Ridge. The young man is believed to have gone too far into the unmarked treed area and fallen off a cliff, landing on rocks and trees. Nine patrollers, two Whistler Blackcomb doctors and one paramedic responded but found the man unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at 3: 40 p. m. Whistler RCMP and the B. C. Coroners Service are investigating. The man’s identity is not being released while his family is notified. “ Our sincerest condolences to those folks. It’s just such a tragic event,” MacFarlane said. He says the teenager arrived with the group to participate in a ski race, but it was postponed because there was too much fresh snow. The group decided to go free- skiing instead. The young man was likely a good skier and was wearing a helmet at the time, MacFarlane said. Still, he said the tragedy should serve as a reminder to skiers to observe the boundaries and marked areas on the mountain. “ The sport of skiing does come with some inherent risks, and you need to ski within your ability,” he said. “ Hopefully people take our advice and stay out of those areas. It’s really about skiing within the terrain that you know within your ability.” — The Canadian Press Teen dies after falling off cliff at Whistler ‘ It’s a broken leg. How many accidents are going unreported?’ — Mandi Hein, whose son, Cole, 13, suffered a broken leg on a school ski trip to Minnedosa’s Ski Valley DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES A teen skiing in and out of a treed area at Blackcomb Mountain died Saturday after going into an unmarked area. A_ 03_ Mar- 23- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A3 3/ 22/ 15 10: 36: 53 PM

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