SKIING Contributor Hans Saari Dies in Accident

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CHAMONIX, France (AP) -- Hans Saari, an extreme skier and writer who traveled internationally to pursue his sport, died of head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in the French Alps. He was 30.

A family member said that Saari was skiing on Tuesday, May 8 in the Chamonix region of France while on assignment for a ski magazine. He was skiing with friends down a deep gorge and hit a patch of ice, lost control and fell about 2000 feet, said the relative, who asked not to be identified.

A skier below the gorge saw him fall, and alerted rescuers, and a helicopter was on the scene within 10 minutes, a witness said.

Saari was evacuated to a local hospital in Chamonix and later taken to a larger hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, where he died.

The Bozeman, Mont. native was a 1993 graduate of Yale. After college he honed his skiing talent, and added ice climbing to his repertoire.

Saari was a regular contributor to SKIING Magazine and has written an article on skiing in his home state of Montana which is scheduled for release this fall.

Read one of Saari's SKIING articles by clicking on

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in the related links above.