18-year-old suffers severe injuries in Nashoba skiing accident

WESTFORD, Mass. — Nashoba Valley Ski officials say an 18-year-old was skiing down a slope when he lost control and crashed right into a small building. He was then flown to a hospital in Boston with serious injuries.

“The snow’s a little icier today too, so I guess it was harder to control going left to right,” said Chau Tran, a snowboarder.

Skiers and snowboarders at Nashoba Valley Ski Area were sad to hear about a serious accident there Sunday afternoon.

“At first I thought there was a fire, so I was like ‘okay that’s good no one got hurt,’ then we saw the ambulances and we saw the stretcher getting pulled out, so that’s when we found out it was pretty bad,” Tran said.

Nashoba Valley Ski Area President Al Fletcher said an 18-year-old was skiing on one of their more difficult slopes when he lost control and crashed into a shed. The skier was then trapped under the shed with severe injuries.

“It was a popular day today, so to have something like this happen takes the air out of the balloon, that’s for sure,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the skier was wearing a helmet and he was ejected from his skis before crashing.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to that family and the injured obviously,” Fletcher said.

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They’re now praying this skier recovers in the hospital.

“That’s sad, very sad, but you know it’s part of the sport of skiing I guess, if you want to take a risk skiing on slippery snow around trees and things like that, it’s dangerous,” said Steve Victorson, a skier.

The ski accident is still under investigation by the Westford Police department as well as Mass State Police.

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