A snowboarder has died after colliding with snow-making equipment at Bromont Ski Resort in Quebec’s Eastern Townships on Saturday evening, police say.
The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on the resort’s Edmonton run of the Versant des Cantons hill during a “nuit blanche” event where the hill is lit by colourful lights and remains open until 1 a.m. The man, a 26-year-old from the Montreal area, was found unconscious. The resort’s rescue personnel administered first aid until an ambulance arrived and transported the man to Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, where he was pronounced dead.
“This tragic event is deeply disturbing. Psychological support is offered to the teams directly involved in the intervention. Our thoughts are with the young man’s family and loved ones,” the resort wrote on its Facebook page.
Canada’s Minister for Sport, Pascale St-Onge, who represents the area’s riding, also commented on the death, writing on Twitter: “Such sad news. The whole mountain community in Bromont is grieving this morning. I am wholeheartedly with this young man’s family and loved ones.”
The Bromont police are investigating the incident and have asked anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them. As of Monday, the police had yet to release the deceased’s identity as they were unable to reach his immediate family.