The first ski deaths of the new season were reported last week.  In each case, the victim suffered a collision but was not wearing a helmet.

Authorities reported on Wednesday that a 60-year-old man was killed in a ski accident at Telluride.  San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters reported that Scott Harlow of Norwood was skiing down Pick ‘N Gad on Wednesday afternoon when he left the intermediate run and struck a tree.

 Harlow was an experienced skier, but he was not wearing a helmet. Investigators found no indication that he suffered some kind of medical problem before the crash.

And back east, Vermont State Police stated that a Pennsylvania woman was found dead after she disappeared during a skiing outing.  Investigators say 21-year-old Jennifer Strohl was reported missing Thursday afternoon by friends. Ski patrol found her off Killington Mountain’s Great Northern Trail just before 5 p.m., about 6 hours after she was last seen.

Police say the woman was not wearing a helmet and sustained head injuries as a result of an apparent collision. Her death does not appear suspicious, but police were uncertain whether the contusions were the result of a crash with a tree or the ground.    

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