A coroner has said he will write to the Ski Club of Great Britain urging it to encourage skiers to wear helmets following the death of man from Surrey.
Aleksander Owens-Thurston, 23, died in February when he lost control on a steep run at the Austrian ski resort of St Anton.
The experienced skier crashed into a snow machine.
West Somerset coroner Michael Rose, who recorded the death as an accident, said the snow machine’s markings were “probably inadequate,” the BBC reported.
Owens-Thurston died in St Anton during the first day of a holiday with his parents, younger brother and godfather. He was not wearing a helmet when he crashed.
Rose said: “These snow-making machines are increasingly used, and I suspect this year more than ever, as resorts try and have a full season and cannot afford to lose customers if there are not adequate amounts of snow.
“Sadly, I think Aleksander did not appreciate the difficulties he was facing coming down the slope.
“What I think happened is that for some reason he fell or lost control, probably coming down on to the blue run, and as a result he hit the boom [of the snow machine] with enormous force.
Rose added: “Whether padding on the boom would have assisted… it certainly might have helped. Also I do urge everyone these days to wear helmets.
“One reads and hears of many cases where people’s lives are saved. Sadly, he died very shortly after the incident.”
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