Youth impaled by ski pole

North Vancouver RCMP are appealing to the public for more information in their investigation of a skiing incident that left a 13 year-old boy injured and still suffering. 

On March 30, 2019 just before 7 p.m., a 13-year-old was skiing with a friend on Grouse Mountain.

The youth was on the bottom third of hill, to the left of the Screaming Eagle Chairlift when he swerved to avoid another skier, believed to be an adult male of an unknown age.

As he did, the male struck the youth with his ski pole. Police have not been able to gather enough evidence to determine whether this was intentional or accidental. 

The adult skier was described only as wearing a yellow ski jacket.

The youth was wearing tan ski pants, a white Adidas hoodie with a black logo on the front, and green and black ski boots at the time of the incident. 

The tip of the adult’s ski pole struck the youth on his temporal bone and punctured his skull.

The teen received stitches for the small laceration, but his symptoms continued to worsen, and as a result he was brought Children’s Hospital.

''We have exhausted all available investigational avenues, and in order to move forward with the investigation, we need more information from witnesses,'' RCMP said in a statement. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Yushi Ebisawa by phone at 604-969-7345, or by email at [email protected]

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