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Woman skier dies in collision with a tree

Rob Bhatt

A 70-year-old Southern California woman was killed Wednesday during a ski accident at Heavenly Ski Resort.

The victim, Ann Conly, of Hermosa Beach, skied into a tree at about 1:55 p.m. between the Orion and Aries ski runs on the resort’s Upper Nevada area, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The woman was part of a group of friends and family members visiting the area.

On Wednesday afternoon, she was following others in her party on a shortcut between the runs when she apparently lost control on ice, according to initial reports.

The accident itself was not witnessed by others in the party. The deceased woman’s sister only discovered the accident when she saw Conly lying motionless in the snow near the tree.

A doctor and registered nurse skiing in the area began CPR, which continued after ski patrollers arrived. The victim was taken by sled to the resort’s Boulder Lodge and later, by ambulance, to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Ann Conly was pronounced dead at 2:58 p.m. by an emergency room physician, said deputy Lew Long.

“She suffered major trauma to the forehead,” Long said. “She pretty much skied head-first into the tree.”

Head trauma is the suspected cause of death. An autopsy scheduled for today will examine whether other factors contributed to the accident.

Conly was believed to be a widow with a son residing in Colorado and a daughter living in Hawaii. Although not married, she was believed to have had a longtime boyfriend who had accompanied her on the trip to South Lake Tahoe.

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