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Snowboarder killed in 'freak accident' at Mountain High ski resort


A beginning snowboarder died Sunday in what authorities called a “freak accident” when she fell on a run at Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood.

Riverside resident Angelique De Leon, 23, was wearing a helmet when she fell forward at about 4 p.m. on a run she had already descended successfully several times during the day, authorities said.

De Leon was taken to San Bernardino Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 5:30.

“It was a head-over-heels fall, and she sustained internal injuries,” said Deputy Jeff Lewison of the San Bernardino county coroner’s office. “It just somehow hit wrong.”

Mountain High spokeswoman Kim Hermon said De Leon was at the resort with friends, but no one else was hurt in the incident.

“She didn’t hit an obstacle or anything like that,” Hermon said. “It was a normal run. Basic, everyday snowboarding.”

A 24-year-old Fullerton man died last December at the resort after crashing into trees while snowboarding.


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Photo: A snowboarder catches some air in early November at Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood. Credit: Christina House

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