Skier killed at Crabbe Mountain was long-time instructor
Man, in his 60s, was 'well-respected,' general manager says
The victim of a fatal ski accident at Crabbe Mountain on Tuesday was a long-time snow school instructor at the Fredericton-area ski hill, says the general manager.
The man, who was in his 60s, was killed in a collision with another skier at the bottom of one of the runs at about 11 a.m.
He was not teaching at the time, said Jason Crawford, describing the man as "well-respected."
The name of the man has not been released.
"We're going to miss him," said Crawford.
"Crabbe Mountain is a tight community. We're like a family up here and this definitely hits close to home, so it's tough."
The other skier, a teenaged girl, was taken to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton with non-life threatening injuries.
WorkSafeNB officials and the coroner's office are investigating.
Both skiers were wearing helmets, officials have said.
The man died at the scene, despite quick medical attention from a ski patroller, as well as a paramedic and a doctor, who happened to be at the hill skiing, said Crawford.
"Those are pretty weird circumstances to have a paramedic and a doctor arrive within minutes on a scene … I don’t know how that happens," he said.
A lead RCMP investigator was also in line to buy a lift ticket when 911 was called and the RCMP dispatched, said Crawford.
"It's amazing, I mean, we're very fortunate for that. It's overwhelming," he said.
A grief counsellor will be at Crabbe Mountain on Wednesday to speak to employees who are interested, said Crawford.
"Obviously this was a co-worker and a good friend. Our hearts go out to his family, as well as to the family of the other person involved," he said.