Girl, 10, dies after skiing accident

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THOMPSONVILLE, MI (WPBN/WGTU)--A 10-year-old girl has died from her injuries after a skiing accident at Crystal Mountain.

The incident happened Sunday around 2 p.m. during a group ski lesson at Crystal Mountain.

According to Crystal Mountain, the girl was visiting from Illinois with her family when she was skiing ahead of the class and reportedly lost control and hit a tree.

Crystal Mountain says the lesson was was being taught by an instructor, Level-1 certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America and included two other students. Each of the three students in the class were classified as Level 3/4 skiers which indicates that in previous lessons they demonstrated skill and control that exceeded the level of terrain in which they were skiing at the time of the accident. The victim was wearing a helmet and neither of the two other students witnessed the accident directly.

“There are no words to describe such a loss,” says Brian Lawson, director of public relations at Crystal Mountain. “We have extended our support and profound sympathy to the family which has been part of our skier community for many years as well as the members of our staff and Ski Patrol who responded so admirably under these difficult circumstances.”

The girl was taken to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and then transported to DeVos Chidren’s Hospital in Grand Rapids where she died from her injuries on Monday.

Ski Patrol, the Benzie County Sheriff’s Department and resort officials carefully examined the scene and continue to review details of the accident. The name and further details about the skier are not being released by Crystal Mountain out of respect for the family’s privacy as they cope with this loss and sensitivity to the staff members who have been touched directly by this tragic event.