Skier dies after hitting tree at Heavenly |

Skier dies after hitting tree at Heavenly

Sun News Service

A 43-year-old Stateline resident was pronounced dead Friday morning after striking a tree while skiing on the bottom portion of Meteor Run at Heavenly Mountain Resort, authorities said.

Ski patrollers attempted to resuscitate David Michael Koskin without avail, Douglas County sheriff’s Lt. Keith Logan said. Koskin was pronounced dead at the scene after the 9:44 a.m. incident, Logan added.

Logan did not believe Koskin was wearing a helmet.

“I do not believe so based on what I saw but I’m not positive,” he said. “I did not see one with him but I did not see him at the scene either.”

Koskin is the latest death at Lake Tahoe ski resorts. On March 30, 43-year-old snowboarder Elizabeth R. Knapp, from Rochester, N.Y. ran into a tree at Northstar. Knapp’s death represented the seventh at North Shore ski resorts this year. A resort spokeswoman said Knapp was wearing a helmet.