Aurora man dies in skiing accident at Blue Mountain
Paul Johnston and Chris Fox, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:50AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 2, 2013 8:29PM EST
A 48-year-old Aurora man is dead following a New Year’s Day skiing accident at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.
According to Ontario Provincial Police, the man was on Tranquility Run at around 1 p.m. when the accident occurred.
Several other skiers witnessed the accident and alerted hill officials, who transported the man down the hill and into an awaiting ambulance.
He was pronounced dead at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital some time later.
The exact circumstances of the accident are not known, but Const. Martin Hachey tells CP24 that the man died as a result of injuries sustained from the ski accident.
Hachey said it remains to be seen whether a medical incident may have been at play as well.
The ski run, which is of medium difficulty, was closed for the remainder of the day on Tuesday as police investigated, but it has since reopened.
Family remembers teen killed in Uxbridge accident
This is the second tragedy to strike on the ski slopes this holiday season.
Alexander Martin Joseph Mayer, 16, died in a skiing accident in Uxbridge on Dec. 28, in the terrain park at Lakeridge Ski Resort.
His parents released a statement Wednesday, remembering their son as teen with a “heart of gold.”
Mayer’s father Tim and mother Joanne described their son as an outgoing teen who loved life.
“He always sought adventure,” his mother said in the release. “He loved all sorts of building projects and spent most of his free time in his workshop.”
“Alex was a remarkable young man who valued his family, friends and hobbies – it is hard to imagine life without him,” Mayer’s father added.
Contributions in memory of Alexander can be made to Sunnybrook Hospital.
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