Skier falls 60 feet to death during Make-A-Wish fundraiser

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PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A skier participating in a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser fell 60 feet to his death Monday after losing control on a trail, police said.

Samuel Moore, 34, of North Conway, died at about 9:30 a.m. at the Wildcat Ski Area in Pinkham Notch, in the White Mountains region, after crashing while skiing near the bottom of the Lower Polecat trail in an area known as 5 Corners. He fell and tumbled down the trail before the drop, police said.

State police Det. Belanger Sheldon Belanger said Moore was wearing a helmet when he fell on the trail, which is rated as a beginner slope.

Forty skiers were participating Monday in the 12th-annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge charity event for Make-A-Wish. Skiers were to log a total of 48 trail runs to achieve 100,000 vertical feet over the day.

"This is a tragedy to what is traditionally a fun and self-fulfilling challenge for participants and a major fundraising event for Make-A-Wish of New Hampshire," said Wildcat General Manager Brian Heon. "My thoughts, and those of Wildcat Mountain and its employees, go out to the family and friends of this man."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation in the state grants 80 to 90 wishes each year for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Julie Baron, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, called Moore's death devastating.

"We're all just so deeply saddened by all of today's events," she said. "This young man was out there to help kids."