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Skier dies after hitting tree on Wachusett Mountain Ski Area trail

The 67-year-old skier from Shrewsbury was declared dead at the mountain.

A 67-year-old skier from Shrewsbury was killed Monday when he slammed into a tree at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, officials said.

The crash happened around 9:25 a.m. on an advanced trail, according to a statement from the resort.

The man was found unresponsive by another skier passing by, State Police said.

Ski patrollers “gave emergency care and evaluation to the skier before handing his care over to first responders,” officials said.

The man was brought to the bottom of the mountain, where he was pronounced dead.

“The entire Wachusett family is grieving this tragic loss,” the resort said. “All of our thoughts are with the skier’s family and friends.”


State Police spokesperson David Procopio said the agency is investigating the man’s death, with the Worcester district attorney’s office overseeing the probe.

While the man crashed on a black diamond trail meant for advanced skiers, Wachusett staff “do not know” what his ability was, spokesperson Chris Stimpson said.

The ski area referred further questions to District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office, which said the investigation is ongoing.

“The identity of the victim will not be released at this time, pending family notifications,” the district attorney’s office said.

Travis Andersen of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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