Emergencies Overflow with skier injuries


Emy Langelier, journalist, photograph

All the people hurt by skiing are putting a lot of pressure on the emergency in the hospital, particularly during spring break.

There have been 23 deaths since 2010 on the ski slopes of Quebec and 2 new deaths since the start of 2023. According to a lot of doctors, most pop accidents occur in the late afternoon or evening, due to the darkness and tiredness. “The classic is between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., it is the arrival of the ambulances from the ski slopes! It’s a routine for us,” said Dr Landry.

equation a lot of people, a lot of young people, a lot of inexperienced people equals more injured people in the infirmary” said Doctor Nicolas Bernard, an emergency physician at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital (CHUQ) and patroller at Mont-Sainte-Anne. “We are sometimes completely overwhelmed, admits Dr. Michèle Lucey, head of the emergency room at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins hospital, in Cowansville. Sometimes the emergency fills up completely.”

In the emergency of Cowansville, the injured flock every day during winter. Sometimes, 10 or more patients came from the mountain of Bromont or Sutton. Hospitals don’t keep recent statistics on skiing and snowboarding injuries. At the Ministry of Sport, leisure, and Outdoors of Quebec, it is estimated that there are approximately 12000 injuries per year a rate which has however dropped slightly since then.

Customers have returned to the normal in Quebec in ski resorts, with an average of about six million visitors per year. There are many ways to get hurt when you ski, for example, excessive speed, recklessness in terrain parks, inexperience, and a lot of other possibilities. No matter if you are a beginner or an expert. Doctors are seeing more dangerous accidents in recent years. Older people are also at greater risk of injury since their muscles and ligaments are weaker.

After all, emergency physicians encourage people to practice this sport but to remain cautious by reducing speed and wearing a helmet. The most common injuries in freestyle skiing are wrists, collar bones, concussions, and broken legs.