WARNING: THIS EPISODE TALKS ABOUT A FATAL SKI ACCIDENT.
In this episode we talk with Kelli Johnson, ski mom and co-founder of the Snow Angels Foundation with her husband Chauncy. Kelli joined us from her home in Thermopolis, Wyoming, about 4 hours from Jackson Hole.
Kelli shares the story of her family’s Christmas Eve 2010 ski trip that ended in tragedy. Kelli was skiing with her 5 year old daughter, who had fallen and Kelli was helping her put her ski back on. A snowboarder going 50-60 MPH collided with Kelli and her daughter. Kelli’s daughter was thrown 30 feet and she passed away later that day. Kelli talks about the 3 months she spent at Craig Hospital in Denver, recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
Kelli tells us the story of starting Snow Angel Foundation, to work to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again. We loved the foundation’s “Ride Another Day” video, that brings the whole story and message together. Snow Angels Foundation has presented at the National Ski Patrol convention, at many resorts and has an active social media presence. Kelli still loves to ski, she wants all of us to have fun on the slopes, but she also believes that safety education and awareness can prevent future injuries. January is National Ski Areas Association Safety Month, so look for events at your local mountain.
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