A 69-year-old Pennsylvania woman died Friday after a skiing accident on Windham Mountain, according to state police and resort officials. The victim was skiing with friends on the “Wedgie” trail when she fell, slid off the trail and struck a tree, shortly before noon.
Unfortunately, the woman was not wearing a helmet, and was treated for extensive head injuries by ski patrol and paramedics but later died after being transported to a local hospital.
Conditions were clear with calm winds and groomed, packed powder, the resort said. The Wedgie trail is rated “more difficult.” Friends described the victim as a novice skier, while the resort said a friend called her a “lower intermediate” skier with more than 20 years experience.
This is the second skiing-related fatality on the mountain so far this year. Last month, an 18-year-old died from extensive head injuries after she similarly lost control on a trail and hit a tree. She was on the Upper Warpath trail, also marked “more difficult.” She was also not wearing a helmet and described as a novice skier.
Before January’s fatal accident, it had been 16 years since the last skiing death at Windham.