A 22-year-old New Jersey man was killed this past Saturday at Hunter Mountain after crashing while skiing the Twilight trail.
Robert Vrablik was skiing with his sister and a friend at about 3 p.m. when he fell and landed on his face and chest, according to New York State Police.
Vrablik was responsive when he was flown by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m.
This was the third skier to die of injuries sustained while skiing at the popular New York Ski area in less than two months. All three skiers were skiing on newly cut trails that opened this winter in a new area of the mountain known as Hunter North.
Back in January, Brendan McCue, 27, was killed in a ski accident when he lost control and skidded off trail and struck a rock in the newly constructed trail system.
Then on February 2, 2019 Edward Chu, 24, was skiing at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed into a tree on the Rip’s Return, a run that is also part of the newly expanded terrain at Hunter North.
Spokeswoman Katie O’Connor tells the Times Union that officials at the Catskills resort are “completely devastated.”
O’Connor went on to say there’s no evidence that trail configurations were a factor.