Skier dies at Thredbo today while skiing in bounds

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Sad news out of Thredbo today on the powder day of the season after 117 centimetres has fallen in the past few days.

Tragically, a 68 year old South Australian man skiing with friends is believed to have bee struck by a low hanging tree branch and died at the scene.

The New South Wales Police Force stated on their social media today that:

“A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a man died while skiing at Thredbo this morning.

About 10.15am (Saturday 10 August 2019), a 68-year-old South Australian man was skiing with friends, when it’s believed he struck low-hanging tree branch.

He was unable to be revived and died at the scene.

Police from Monaro Police District will examine all circumstances surrounding the man’s death and prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.”

Thredbo General Manager, Stuart Diver also released a statement this afternoon.

“Thredbo is deeply saddened by the passing of an adult male whilst skiing at Thredbo Resort today. Thredbo Ski Patrol and a Thredbo Medical Centre Doctor promptly attended the scene.

The Thredbo community extends its heartfelt condolences to the male’s family and friends. Any enquiries should be directed to the NSW Police Force.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends. 

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.