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15-year-old killed at Heavenly

A 15-year-old girl from Great Britain died Saturday afternoon after hitting a tree while skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort.

The accident took place on an intermediate run in the Stagecoach lift area on Heavenly’s Nevada side.

The girl was part of a group of 30 students and seven chaperones on a school trip from England. The group arrived in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and had been taking skiing lessons at Heavenly each morning.

Members of the Heavenly Ski Patrol performed CPR when they arrived on the scene and continued to do so as the girl was transported down the mountain. Neither they nor paramedics from the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department were able to revive her.

“It’s very hard,” Heavenly’s Monica Bandows said. “You feel for the girl and for the family. Of course we are trying to do anything we can for the family.”

Bandows said the accident is especially difficult to deal with for the Heavenly employees who cared for the girl after she was injured.

While tragic, skiing and snowboarding deaths are rare.

“Last year we had one fatality in 825,000 visits, which is a record for us,” Bandows said.

According to the National Ski Areas Association last year there was fewer than one death for every 1 million skier and snowboarder visits.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the girl, whose name will be released when her family has been notified, was not skiing out of bounds. She was not wearing a helmet.

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