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List of skiing deaths

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

Skiing deaths

Name Age Location Country Date of Accident
Mieczysław Karłowicz 32 Tatra Mountains Poland-Slovakia border 1909-02-08
Giacinto Sertorelli 22 Garmisch, Bavaria Germany 1938-01-26
James Palmer-Tomkinson 36 Klosters, Graubünden Switzerland 1952-01-07
John Semmelink 20 Garmisch, Bavaria West Germany 1959-02-07 [1]
Toni Mark 24 Rottach-Egern, Bavaria West Germany 1959-03-07 [2]
Ross Milne 19 Patscherkofel, Innsbruck, Tyrol Austria 1964-01-25 [3]
Buddy Werner 28 Las Trais Fluors slope, St. Moritz Switzerland 1964-04-12
Barbara Henneberger 23 Las Trais Fluors slope, St. Moritz Switzerland 1964-04-12
Michel Bozon 20 Piste Emile Allais, Megève, Haute-Savoie France 1970-01-23 [4]
David Novelle 20 Winter Park, Colorado United States 1972-03-16 [5][6]
Michel Dujon 19 Val-d'Isère, Savoie France 1975-12-06 [7]
Leonardo David 18 Whiteface Mountain, New York United States 1979-03-03[Note 1]
Sara Mustonen 16 Hintertux, Tyrol Austria 1979-09-12
Josef Walcher 29 Schladming, Styria Austria 1984-01-22
Hugh Lindsay c.33 Gotschnagrat, Klosters, Graubünden Switzerland 1988-03-10 [8]
Jules Fiske Harrison 18 Zermatt Switzerland 1988-04-04 [9][10]
Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz 52 Beaver Creek, Colorado United States 1989-01-30
Gernot Reinstadler 20 Lauberhorn, Wengen, Bern Switzerland 1991-01-20 [11]
Ulrike Maier 26 Garmisch, Bavaria Germany 1994-01-29
Kirsten McGibbon 17 Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Salzburg Austria 1996-01-16 [12]
Trevor Petersen UK Exit Couloir, Chamonix France 1996-02
Michael Kennedy 39 Aspen, Colorado United States 1997-12-31
Sonny Bono 62 Heavenly, Nevada United States 1998-01-05[13]
Doak Walker 71 Steamboat, Colorado United States 1998-01-30[Note 2]
Michel Trudeau 23 Kokanee Glacier Park, British Columbia Canada 1998-11-13
Régine Cavagnoud 31 Pitztal Glacier, Innsbruck, Tyrol Austria 2001-10-31 [14]
Line Østvold 25 Valle Nevado, Santiago Chile 2004-09-19
Craig Kelly 36 Revelstoke, British Columbia Canada 2003-01-20
Jonatan Johansson 26 Whiteface Mountain, New York United States 2006-03-12
Doug Coombs 48 Couloir de Polichinelle, La Grave France 2006-04-03
Edward LaChapelle 80 Monarch Ski Area, Colorado United States 2007-02-01
John McWethy 60 Keystone, Colorado United States 2008-02-06
Natasha Richardson 45 Mont Tremblant, Quebec Canada 2009-03-16
Shane McConkey 39 Dolomites Italy 2009-03-26
C. R. Johnson 26 Squaw Valley, California United States 2010-02-24
Jamie Pierre 38 Snowbird, Utah United States 2011-11-24
Sarah Burke 29 Park City, Utah United States 2012-01-19
Sylvan Walton 29 Jay Peak Resort, Jay, Vermont United States 2012-02-11 [15]
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau 44 Lech, Vorarlberg Austria 2012-02-17
Nik Zoricic 29 Grindelwald, Bern Switzerland 2012-03-10
Claude Nobs 76 Caux-Sur-Montreux, Vaud Switzerland 2012-12-24 [16]
David Coe 58 Aspen, Colorado United States 2013-01-21
Natalie Egleston 48 Aspen, Colorado United States 2013-02-04 [17]
Philippe Favre 51 France 2013-12-06 [18]
Andreas Fransson 31 Monte San Lorenzo, Patagonia Argentina–Chile border 2014-09-29
JP Auclair 37 Monte San Lorenzo, Patagonia Argentina–Chile border 2014-09-29


  1. ^ 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 at age 24 on 26 February 1985 in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Italy.
  2. ^ Doak Walker died eight months after the accident, on September 27, 1998


  1. ^ "Tragedy mars Canadian ski triumph". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. February 9, 1959. p. 17. 
  2. ^ "Second skiing death". Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. March 11, 1959. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Australian skier killed in Olympic drill". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. January 26, 1964. p. 41. 
  4. ^ Hit a tree during a World Cup downhill.
  5. ^ "Racing skier killed". Evening News ( 
  6. ^ "Ute skier killed". Deseret News. UPI. March 17, 1972. p. 12B. 
  7. ^ "Death of skier in downhill race pushes reform for added safety". Montreal Gazette. Reuters. December 9, 1975. p. 16. 
  8. ^ "1988: Avalanche hits royal ski party". BBC News. 1988-03-10. 
  9. ^ "Mad Bulls and Englishmen". The Times. 2009-12-26. 
  10. ^ "How do I hate skiing? Let me count the ways". The Times. 2009-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Austrian Skier Dies After Race Fall". The New York Times. 1991-01-20. 
  12. ^ "British Skier Dies After Training Crash". The Washington Post. 17 January 1996. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  13. ^ Sonny Bono Is Killed in Ski Crash, Washington Post, 1998-01-07
  14. ^ "Skiing mourns Cavagnoud". BBC. 2001-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Third run down Vermont trail was fatal for Mass. Snowboarder". The Boston Globe. 13 February 2012. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  16. ^ Keepnews, Peter (11 January 2013). "Claude Nobs, Founder of Montreux Jazz Festival, Dies at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  17. ^ "Marketing executive dies in Aspen ski tragedy after another female skier slams into her when she stopped to clean her goggles". London: Daily Mail. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  18. ^ Watkins, Gary (7 December 2013). "Philippe Favre killed in skiing accident". Autosport. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
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