31 December 2019
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Invstigation in Ray Brook is investigating a fatal skiing accident on December 23, 2019, at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, New York. 
An investigation revealed Nicholas Koch, age 21, from Danville, Pennsylvania, was visiting at Whiteface with family.  On December 23, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Koch was descending Lower Northway Trail on skis when he exited the trail and struck a group of trees.  Koch was attended to by Whiteface Mountain personnel and Wilmington EMS.  Koch was transported to the University of Vermont Health Center in Burlington, Vermont, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any further information may call the New York State Police at (518) 873-2750. 

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