FRANCONIA — A 39-year-old Somerville, Mass., skier was killed and another skier was sent to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after they collided while skiing at Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Friday afternoon.
The accident was reported by the ski patrol around 2:45 p.m. on the Middle Ravine trail just below the Cannonball Quad lift, state officials said.
Jeremy Keirnan was found unresponsive after the collision and, despite efforts to revive him, died on the mountain, according to state police.
The other skier, Robert Slocum, 48, of Newburyport, Mass., was brought to Littleton Regional Healthcare for treatment of serious injuries.
State Trooper Tyler Brennan said a preliminary investigation revealed that while Keirnan was skiing on the Profile Trail he lost control, lost his skis and slid through a roped area and down an embankment before colliding with Slocum, who was on Middle Ravine Trail.
The deadly accident comes two years after two other skiers died in accidents within a matter of weeks.
John DeVivo, Cannon’s general manager, said it was fortunate that one survived this high-speed crash.
“We’re thankful we didn’t have two fatalities. We do certainly feel for both victims’ families. This was purely a skier collision, in my estimation,” he said.
While the accident remained under investigation Saturday, DeVivo said Keirnan was not wearing a helmet at the time.
“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,” he said.
Anyone with any information about the accident is encouraged to contact Brennan, who works out of Troop F, at 846-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.