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Young woman dies in Lapland ski accident

Officials at the Pyhätunturi resort say it is unclear why the young skier crashed on a gentle slope in ideal conditions.

Pyhätunturi Image: Sauli Antikainen / Yle

A young foreign woman died in a downhill skiing accident in Finnish Lapland on Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 1.30pm at the Pyhätunturi ski resort in Pelkosenniemi, some 150km north-east of Rovaniemi.

The woman ran off a slope and struck a tree. Rescue staff tried to revive her, but to no avail.

Two rescue squad units and a medivac unit were on the scene. A Border Guard rescue helicopter was also summoned, but the request was then cancelled.

The Rovaniemi newspaper Lapin Kansa reports that the woman apparently did not have much skiing experience. The crash took place on a blue slope, categorised as easy.

Seppo Saarinen, the local director of the Pyhätunturi company, says that conditions were perfect, with no ice on the slope. The slope was not crowded, with some 400-500 skiers using it.

So far no eye-witness to the accident has been located.

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