An El Paso woman was killed in a skiing accident this weekend at Ski Apache, New Mexico . The young woman died after she lost control on an intermediate run and hit a tree at about 4 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff Robert Shepperd said. She received an injury to her head and was declared dead at the first aid station. The official cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner. No information on whether she was wearing a helmet.

And a 14-year-old boy died on Saturday after a snowboarding accident at Ski Bluewood near Dayton, Washington. Ski patrol was called at 12:15 p.m. on reports of an injured snowboarder. When they arrived to the top of Country Road (a beginners run) the boy was conscious and speaking. He told them he had caught an edge and fallen face-forward. According to the ski patrol he was not wearing a helmet.

An ambulance from Columbia County and a Life Flight helicopter were called but the helicopter was not able to make it because of weather conditions. Ski patrol continued treatment until the ambulance arrived at 1:45 p.m.The boy was still conscious at that point. The eighth-grader was in critical condition when he made it to the Dayton Hospital. Emergency room staff worked to save his life, but he did not make it.

These tragic deaths are a reminder to be aware of your skill level and always ski under control – even a simple distraction or lack of attention can become deadly when on the slopes.

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