BENZIE CO. -- A 40-year-old Northern Michigan man is dead after crashing into a tree on Crystal Mountain's North Face slopes.
It happened Sunday around 10:30 a.m. on the west edge of the intermediate-level trail, Abbey Road.
The skier was wearing a helmet and witnesses said the man appeared to lose control at a fast rate of speed before hitting the tree.
Ski Patrol provided medical care until EMS first responders arrived. The man was taken to Munson Medical Center were he was pronounced dead.
"Our hearts and thoughts are immediately with the family who suffered this loss," says Brian Lawson, director of public relations at Crystal Mountain. "We will be reaching out to offer our support to them just as we have to our ski patrollers and employees who acted so quickly, professionally and compassionately in the moments following this tragic event."
The North Face was closed for approximately three hours following the crash as Ski Patrol, the Benzie County Sheriff's Department and resort officials carefully examined the scene.
Details and witness accounts are being reviewed to more precisely determine what occurred. The name and further details about the skier are not being released by Crystal Mountain out of respect for the family's privacy as they cope with this loss.
I spend a lot of time at Crystal, I feel horrible for the skiers family and for all the staff at the resort. What a awful way to wind down the season.