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Man killed in Whitefish skiing accident identified

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Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish (MTN News photo) Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish (MTN News photo)

KALISPELL - Authorities have released the name of the Canadian man who died in a skiing accident on Friday at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that the victim was Charles Douglas Herr, 56, of Calgary.

Herr had been skiing with a friend who reported him missing, and after a two-hour search his body was found at about 3:15 p.m. on Friday in a tree well inbounds not far from the summit, according to Sheriff Curry.

Whitefish Mountain Resort issued the following statement following the death of Herr:

"Any death at our resort is a tragedy and felt deeply by the entire Whitefish Mountain Resort community. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends as they cope during this difficult time."

"This accident is another unfortunate reminder that tree wells are an inherent risk of the sport. We encourage our guests to take extra caution when skiing in the trees and deep snow. Ski with a partner and keep them in sight. Call ski patrol immediately if someone is missing. Be as precise as you can in describing the trail name and location as well as the description of the missing person. We will continue to help our guests understand the risks and encourage educating themselves on this subject. An excellent resource for learning more about tree wells and deep snow safety is the website deepsnowsafety.org, which can be linked to from the Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety page of our website."

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