British Snowboarder Died Following Tree Strike on World Cup Run at Popular Andorra Resort

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Grandvalira Ski Resort, Andorra. Credit: Alamy

A British snowboarder has died after hitting a tree at a popular ski resort in Andorra, Europe. The 59-year-old was pronounced dead after being rushed to the base station with life-threatening injuries following the accident but his heart stopped and he could not be revived.

His wife is understood to have been on the ski slopes with him although he was alone when the accident happened at 1 pm.

He lost control and hit a tree on the Avet slope, a black run recommended for experienced skiers. It is one of Grandvalira Ski Resort’s most famous slopes and a venue for World Cup skiing.

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Grandvalira Ski Resort, Andorra

Police have launched a routine inquiry. A spokesman for Grandvalira Andorra said:

“Grandvalira regrets the death of a British tourist who this afternoon has suffered an accident on the Avet slope in the Soldeu sector. The man, who was practicing snowboard, lost control and hit a tree, suffering serious injuries and going into cardiac arrest. Despite all attempts to revive him, he died minutes later. The incident happened on the Avet slope, which is classified as a black slope and is recommended for users with a high degree of skiing expertise. The dead man was skiing alone when the accident happened. Andorra’s police force has opened an investigation to clarify the possible causes.”

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