An unidentified male snowboarder died at Mt. Hutt in Mathven, New Zealand on Friday morning. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was crossing a groomed run to the base of a chairlift when he caught an edge and fell, sliding over 200 meters, past the chairlift, into a rocky area, out-of-bounds ski area.
Mt. Hutt Ski Patrol responded to the fall, and a doctor stabilized the man at the scene. He was then taken to Mt. Hutt Medical Room before being transported to the Christchurch Hospital, where he passed away. The identity of the man will not be revealed until his kin have been informed of his death.
Mt. Hutt Ski Area manager Dave Wilson states, “We will be conducting a full investigation into this incident and will work fully with any external investigation. This has hit our patrollers very hard and the entire management and staff at Mt. Hutt are devastated, to say the least.” Wilson also sent his sympathies to the family and friends of the man.
This is the fourth death at Mt. Hutt this season.