British skier dies after crash with snowboarder in Canada


British skier dies after crash with snowboarder in Canada

The last photo of Anne Woods, taken minutes before she was hit by a snowboarder on February 9 in the Canadian Rockies (Picture: Terry Woods/Solent News)

A British skier has died after crashing into a snowboarder while on holiday in the Canadian Rockies.

Anne Woods, 55, had been with her husband and a group of friends on a three-week holiday at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden in British Colombia when tragedy struck.

Anne was skiing across the piste and was about to do a left turn when the male boarder struck her right leg.

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She immediately fell to the ground and lost consciousness at the moment of impact and never came back around, despite wearing a helmet.

The 55-year-old died at Foothills Hospital in Calgary on February 11.

Her husband, Terry Woods, said: ‘This snowboarder struck her on the right leg. The boarder, a man, was going fast and I think he was surprised to see her, but he wasn’t out of control.

Kicking Horse Resort, Golden, Britsh Columbia, Canada Credit: Getty Images

Kicking Horse Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He didn’t think anyone was there because it was below a roll in the slope. She was about to do a left turn and it was a high energy impact, and the blow caused the injuries to her body.’

He added: ‘Anne was lovely, and I miss her so much. It’s a difficult time now as we were together for 30 years. We lived together first, but we married 27 years ago.’

Anne had just begun to take up skiing following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, which left her struggling to move freely.

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Only moments before she was hit, Terry managed to take a photo of his wife on the piste.

Anne was cremated in Canada and the IT worker brought her ashes to the UK on Valentine’s Day.

A spokesman for the British Columbia Coroners Service, who carried out the post-mortem, said they were investigating Anne’s death in addition to the Alberta Medical Examiner’s Office and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.