Ont. snowboarder badly injured at Blue Mountain, dies in hospital

A snow cannon shoots out water vapour at the base of Blue Mountain as work crews prepare the site...

A snow cannon shoots out water vapour at the base of Blue Mountain as work crews prepare the site on December 5, 2012 in the Town of Blue Mountains. (JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

A 20-year-old snowboarder died in hospital after he was found badly injured at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ont., early Wednesday, police said.

Provincial police were called to the resort around 1 a.m. for a report of a missing person. Staff and security had already started to search for Taylor Ogram of Caledon, Ont., when officers arrived.

He was found about 30 minutes later suffering from life-threatening injuries in a wooded area adjacent to an intermediate-level hill, Sgt. Peter Leon said. He was wearing a helmet.

Paramedics treated Ogram at the scene and transported him to hospital in Collingwood, where he was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem will be conducted in Owen Sound.

“It’s always tragic when someone loses their life doing a sport that they love,” Blue Mountain’s vice-president of marketing Paul Pinchbeck said. “We don’t have all the details and are co-operating with (provincial police) in their investigation.”

Leon said he was unaware of any witnesses to the incident and said police hope anyone who can help their investigation will contact them. Closed-circuit video footage may also help, he said.

Leon said in an interview that Ogram was at Blue Mountain with some friends during university reading week events. Ogram's Twitter account says he attended Western University in London, Ont., where he was studying software engineering.

Leon said Ogram and his friends spent most of the day at Blue Mountain Resort. They ate dinner together in Blue Mountain Village, then some of them went back to the slopes.

"There were some plans for them to get together afterwards, once the ski hill closed. They had identified a location to meet and they were going to enjoy some of the locations that are available at the village."

But when the ski hill closed at 10 p.m. and the friends met, Orgam didn't show.

They checked for him at other establishments and back in their room at the resort. There was no word from him via texts or phone calls, Leon said. His friends notified Blue Mountain security and police.


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