Panorama Mountain Resort in B.C.s East Kootenay region says a skier died on its hills Monday afternoon.
Skier dies at ski resort in East Kootenay
Columbia Valley RCMP confirmed the death Monday evening, saying, in a statement, the 23-year-old man was from Calgary.
In its own news release, the resort said the skier was on a beginner trail named Out Rider and hit a tree, details which police later confirmed.
Tree strike kills skier at Panorama
They called in a helicopter airlift. Police say the man died of his injuries at a local hospital.
“Our hearts go out to the family. This is a tragic accident, and we are doing everything we can to assist family members during this very difficult time,” said Steve Paccagnan, the resorts CEO and president.
“Our community is deeply saddened by this event, and I want to thank the entire response team for their speed, emergency care and professionalism.”
The resort says conditions were good at the time of the incident: sunny skies, “excellent” visibility and the snow was “soft and groomed” on the trail. It says the skier was wearing a helmet.
RCMP say they have classified the death as “accidental and non-suspicious.”
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A 22-year-old man died after he hit a tree at Panorama Mountain Resort on Monday, March 12, 2018.
A 23-year-old Calgary man died after he hit a tree on the side of a run at Panorama Mountain Resort on Monday afternoon.
Officials at the resort say the skier was on a beginner slope called Out Rider at about 1:12 p.m. when he crashed.
The man was tended to by Ski Patrol members until a helicopter could be summoned to take him to hospital in Invermere. The man later died from his injuries in hospital.
Our hearts go out to the family. This is a tragic accident and we are doing everything we can to assist family members during this very difficult time. Our community is deeply saddened by this event and I want to thank the entire response team for their speed, emergency care and professionalism, said CEO and President of Panorama Mountain Resort, Steve Paccagnan in a statement.
Officials say the man was wearing a helmet and conditions on the mountain were good at the time of the incident.
Police say the mans death is considered accidental and Victim Services is providing support to his family.
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