On Feb. 6, around 3:15 p.m., a 27-year-old St. Johnsbury woman died while skiing at Burke Mountain in East Burke. The Vermont State Police responded and and a detective went to the scene. Initial investigation indicates the deceased left the groomed portion of a trail on the upper portion of the mountain and struck a tree. After the deceased did not meet up with the individual she was skiing with, Burke Mountain Ski Patrol was notified. Ski Patrol searched the trail and at 5:30 p.m. the deceased was located. The skier was wearing a helmet.
At this time the investigation indicates this was an accidental death, though the investigation is on-going. An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington. The victim’s name is not being released, pending notification to family.