It has been a challenging week for skiing in the Northeast. A skier died yesterday in an accident on an expert trail at the Sunday River ski area in Maine. The 35-year-old man died in a ski accident. He was found at the bottom of Black Hole, an expert trail on Aurora Peak around 11 a.m., said Steve McCausland, a Maine State Police spokesman.
The skier veered off the trail into trees. Though the skier was wearing a helmet, he was found unresponsive and thought to have died of a head injury, McCausland said.
And a snowboarder died after crashing into a tree at Sunshine Village Ski Resort on Monday has been identified as a Banff local by the resort. Sunshine Village spokesperson Crosbie Cotton said the man in his early 30s was snowboarding on Banff Ave Trail, a beginner’s run, when he hit the tree.
STARS air ambulance was dispatched to Banff, but was called down when the patient died. Sunshine Village is located about 140 kilometres west of Calgary.
At Killington Ski Resort, a New Hampshire man was skiing with a group of friends when he swerved to avoid another skier, struck a tree and died, police said. The skiers were coming down the Northbrook Trail around 1:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon when they went to make a turn onto the trail leading to the Ledgewood Yurt. Both were intermediate trails located near the Snowshed Lodge, said Michael Joseph, communications and public relations manager at Killington.
The skier was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but it was found next to him by rescue workers. It is unknown whether it was clasped at the time of collision. No drugs or alcohol seemed to be involved at all in the young skier’s death, but a toxicology report has been. Rutland Regional Medical Center professionals reported that the autopsy appeared to show signs of significant head and torso trauma, most likely causing Scott’s death.
Also on Saturday, Cole Anderson was killed in a tragic skiing accident at Whistler-Blackcomb on Saturday. He was part of a ski-racing group that was visiting Whistler-Blackcomb for a weekend of training and free-skiing. Anderson, an expert skier, was skiing in an in-bounds area on Blackcomb when he went over a cliff, falling over 20 feet and landing on an area covered with very little snow. He died at the scene.
Anderson was free skiing with his teammates and coach after a day of ski race training at the Dave Murray National Training Centre on Whistler Mountain. They had just completed a challenging run on Blackcomb and were on their last run when he slipped and fell over a cliff.
Just last week, Sean Paradis, 23, died from injuries suffered in a snowboarding accident at Bretton Woods Ski Resort. Paradis died on March 17 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He had been rushed to the hospital five days earlier, after a snowboard-related accident during an outing with coworkers.