There is an interesting piece on Rock Center with Brian Williams about the loss of life by extreme skiers. Natalie Morales’ report was aired on Feb. 22, 2012. The report lists Squaw Valley as the “unofficial home” of North America’s extreme skiers.
Shane McConkey’s wife was interviewed regarding her husband’s death as well as local psychiatrist, Rob Gaffney who has lost 5 friends in the last 3 years due to deaths on the mountain.
Gaffney agrees that more and more extreme skiers are getting killed skiing. He thinks part of the problem is the large corporate sponsors that are driving skiers to take ever greater risks.