“The accident resulted in one fatality, with the other skier being transported off property at approximately 3:20 p.m. with several injuries,” the Franconia Notch resort in the White Mountains said in a statement, adding there were many eyewitnesses to the accident.
Cannon Mountain general manager John DeVivo told the New Hampshire Union Leader that the skier who was killed was not wearing a helmet.
“We at Cannon Mountain always advocate for the use of a helmet. We always advocate for skiing and riding within your own ability level. We always ask folks to keep an eye out for ever-changing conditions,” said DeVivo.
DeVivo said the skiing conditions on Friday were ideal, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s.
“It was perfect conditions for skiing. I can’t imagine anything like that would happen,” Frank Sapienza of Brookline, who was at the mountain on Friday, told the Union Leader.
The accident happened on the Middle Ravine trail below the Cannonball quad lift that is a blue run.
WMUR reports that no children were involved in the accident. The deceased skier’s name and age were not immediately released.