Carolyn Bachler was skiing with her friends on a multi-use trail at Whistler, BC, when a man slammed into her, skiing over her face. The 11-year-old and her friends stated there was plenty of room on the trail for the man to avoid them. The trail the incident occurred on is often used by skiers going to and from their cabins.
The man shouted obscenities at Carolyn after he ran into her injuring the left side of her face. She suffered a mild concussion and a two-inch cut across her left cheek. Carolyn mentioned she had trouble eating and opening her mouth for a number of days.
Whistler has confirmed that they are investigating the incident stating the man’s identity has yet to be confirmed. Carolyn and her father confirmed they were unsure whether the skier intentionally meant to ski into her. However, they are disturbed by the language he used against the children. Her father, Tony Bachler, says he’s relieved his daughter wasn’t badly injured noting the wound is close to her eye and carotid artery.
The psychological trauma from the incident has made Carolyn hesitant to return to the slopes. She believes the man was in his 20s or 30s. The man had an Australian accent, brown or red facial hair, and was wearing an orange jacket and orange skis. Anyone with information is asked to contact Whistler RCMP (604) 932-3044.