A BRITISH skier has been killed after going off piste and hitting a tree in woodland in the Italian Alps.
John Arnold, 79, was fatally injured late on Sunday afternoon and his body was found by resort guides checking for any stragglers on the slope.
The tragedy happened at the resort of Champoluc near Aosta in the Italian Alps[/caption]
Cops said he was wearing a helmet when he was found but they were investigating the possibility he may have suffered an unknown medical condition immediately beforehand.
The tragedy happened at the resort of Champoluc near Aosta, close to the French border in an area popular with Brit holidaymakers.
Mr Arnold, who lived in Great Barr, Birmingham, was found by guides on the Ciarcerio run in woods after they had spotted his bright ski clothes as they made their way down.
A police spokesman said:”He was on his own when we think he may have had some form of attack and he then skied into a wooded area off piste and collided with a tree.
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”A mountain rescue team was flown to the site by helicopter and they confirmed he was dead at the scene and there was nothing that could be done for him.
”It looks like a tragic accident but we will no more about the cause after the autopsy. At the time he was alone but he had arrived with a group of friends who were staying locally.”
Elsewhere in the area two other skiers were also seriously injured in accidents and both had to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter from the mountain.