16-year-old girl competing at Blue Mountain dies in a skiing incident
Police on scene at Toronto Ski Club at Blue Mountain March 10 investigating a ski incident that occurred earlier in the day. The crash on Schuss run claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl.. PAUL BRIAN/THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS (QMI) — A 16-year-old girl is dead following a ski crash March 10 at Blue Mountain.
Police say that the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. when officers were called to attend to a 16-year-old female skier who suffered life-threatening injuries on the ski hill.
The victim, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, was transported to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital and later airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto with life-threatening injuries.
According to Paul Pinchbeck, vice-president of marketing for Blue Mountain Resort, the youth struck a tree on Schuss run at the north end of the resort. She was about 200 metres from the bottom of the hill.
“She was attended to quickly by a passerby,” he said, before Blue Mountain ski patrol responded.
The run was closed so the Collingwood-Blue Mountains OPP could conduct an investigation, he said.
It will remain closed for part of Wednesday, he said, until the police probe wraps up.
Pinchbeck said the girl, who police have not identified, was at Blue Mountain to compete in the Gooch Cup, an annual event for 14- to 17-year-old skiers that is put on by the Toronto Ski Club.
“These are the days we don’t like,” Pinchbeck said. “These are the days that are tough to deal with.”
He added that the girl was “free skiing” on her lunch break and was off the competition’s course when the incident happened.
Const. Martin Hachey of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed March 11 that the victim died as a result of her injuries.
A March 11 Alpine Ontario press release identified the girl by name as a member of the Milton Heights Racing Club and expressed condolences to her family. Police have not yet confirmed her identity.