I left Breckenridge a couple days before this happened, It was my favorite run (open, although a little on the easy side) and I was comfortable enough to do some weaving in and out of the trees. Here is what happens if I should miss I believe I may have skied down with her once or twice, not entirely sure. From examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/x-4364-Skii...ng-a-helmet-dies-in-Breckenridge-ski-accident Haley Rose Gans, 14, from Colorado Springs, Colo., was killed in a ski accident Friday at Breckenridge Resort, according to an incident report from the resort. Initial findings of the Summit County coroner suggest that Gans' fatal injuries were related to blunt force trauma to the chest. The Summit County, Colo., ski area was in only its ninth day of operation for the 2009-10 season when the incident occured. A call was received by Breckenridge Ski Patrol at approximately 11:48 a.m. and the patrol responded immediately to the scene on Spruce, an advanced-intermediate trail under the Colorado SuperChair lift in the Peak 8 area. Ski patrol and Flight for Life provided advanced life support and transported Gans to an awaiting ambulance. She was then transported to the Breckenridge Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The Denver Post reported that the death is the first Colorado ski fatality of the season. Victim reportedly hit a tree Gans was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The coroner's report indicated that witnesses saw her hit a tree at a high rate of speed. Research has shown that high-speed collisions with stationary objects such as trees may often result in fatalities even when the skier is wearing a helmet. Consistent with the initial coroner's report in this case, blunt trauma to the body, rather than the head per se, is often severe enough to be fatal in such collisions. Although helmets can not prevent all fatalities, the National Ski Areas Association does recommend helmet use for recreational skiers and snowboarders. Vail Resorts, the owner of Breckenridge Resort, started requiring employees to wear helmets on the mountain for this ski season. Intrawest, another major ski area operator, also instituted such a rule for this season. Except for children's ski schools at several resorts, mandatory helmet rules for visitors are not in place at U.S. resorts.