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'Tragic accident' kills skier at Cypress Mountain Resort

The 50-year-old Delta man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cypress opens 04 November 2021
A skier has died after what police are calling a 'tragic accident' happened on Saturday (March 5) at Cypress Mountain Resort.

The BC Coroners Service is investigating after a 50-year-old Delta man died from a skiing accident at Cypress Mountain Resort in West Vancouver on Saturday (March 5).

West Vancouver Police Department confirmed that just after 10:30 a.m., officers responded to a call after reports of an injured skier. The BC Ambulance Service and Cypress Mountain ski patrol were tending to the injured skier; however, the man was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Early indications are that this appears to have been as a result of a tragic accident,” WVPD Const. Kevin Goodmurphy said. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.”

BC Emergency Health Services said it responded to the report of the injury with multiple paramedics, which included two ground ambulances and one air ambulance.

Goodmurphy said the police department is now helping the coroner with its investigation.

In a statement to the North Shore News, Cypress Mountain Resort said "witnesses who observed the incident from a chairlift reported that one of the man's skis released, causing him to lose control and collide with a tree on the side of the run."

"Cypress Mountain Resort Ski Patrol, and the entire Resort team extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends for their tragic loss", said President Russell Chamberlain. "We thank the EHS responders, the West Vancouver Fire Department, and West Vancouver Police, for assisting in the emergency response."

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