Prominent Australian news reporter dies in skiing accident at Perisher

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 8, 2010 8:28 pm

An Australian skier was killed early Sunday morning in a skiing accident at Perisher ski resort.

Michael Meagher, 55, of Sydney, struck a tree after veering off-course while skiing on an intermediate blue square run and died at the scene from severe head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet.

Meagher had previously served as a television news reporter with the Nine Network’s “Wide World of Sports” and its “Business Sunday” program, among his many other stints in a storied journalism career.

The small Perisher community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death, which occurred as Meagher was skiing with his family.

“Everyone at Perisher is so deeply saddened by this horrible accident and we extend our sincere condolences to family and friends,” Perisher’s CEO, Peter Brulisauer said.

Prior to the accident, Perisher was enjoying some of the best conditions of the year after a recent storm had dropped nearly 22 inches of snow on the resort, allowing them to open additional terrain.

“Over 10,000 visitors were enjoying Perisher today under a brilliant blue sky. Skiing together as a family in such great weather is a truly wonderful activity, but in this instance it has unfortunately ended so tragically.”

Police said they will prepare a report for the Coroner.