Ski resort worker slips, dies after tumble down steep trail

CARRABASSET VALLEY, Maine (AP) A Maine ski resort employee has lost his footing and been killed in a tumble down a steep mogul course that was being prepared for competition.

Members of the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol responded Friday to the double-black diamond Skidder trail and transported employee Alex Witt to a first aid clinic. Paramedics performed CPR, but Witt was pronounced dead at the clinic.

Sugarloaf is in Carrabassett Valley, a small town that's also home to a skiing and snowboarding academy. Local police and the ski resort say Witt was 24 years old and was from Farmington.

Sugarloaf general manager Karl Strand says the death is a blow to the tight-knit community. He says co-workers' hearts are with their ''team member and his family.''

Federal workplace safety regulators have been notified.

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