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Skier killed on Adirondack slope

March 17, 2006, 6:06 PM EST

Moving on news and sports lines.

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) _ A 53-year-old skier died Friday in a fall on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks, authorities said. It was the second death at Whiteface in less than a week.

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Bradford L. Browning of Hagerstown, Md., was skiing with family when he fell and slid off the trail and into trees about 10 a.m., said Sandy Caligiore, spokesman for the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

The Ski Patrol transported him down the mountain, and an ambulance took him to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid, where he was pronounced dead.

State police investigated, and an autopsy showed Browning died from multiple blunt force trauma. Essex County Coroner Dr. Herbert Bergamini ruled the death accidental.

According to ORDA, which operates the ski area, Browning was considered an advanced to expert skier and was not wearing a helmet. He fell on the Upper Northway run, an expert trail that begins on Little Whiteface Mountain. The snow was listed as loose and frozen granular. The trail had been groomed.

On Sunday, Swedish snowboarder Jonatan Johansson, 26, died from multiple internal injuries after falling during a snowboardcross run down Whiteface. Ski officials said he lost control on a jump during training for an International Ski Federation World Cup competition.

Whiteface is in the town of Wilmington, 119 miles north of Albany.

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Upper Northway

We were at Whiteface last weekend and skied Upper Northway a couple of times. It was in the shade, so it didn't get soft like the rest of the mountain did. First thing in the morning it appeared to be solid ice that the cats ground up into fist sized chunks. We tried it later in the day, and it had softened up a little, but still had a bunch of cookies on it. It was probably the most challenging run we were on last weekend (Empire wasn't open and Cloudspin and Skyward were a lot of fun - first time they had all of Cloudspin open when I've been there in the past 5 years). Most slopes had a bunch of cover from the snowstorm a couple of weeks ago.
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