Snowboarder died at ski resort after hitting sign post

A holidaymaker was killed snowboarding after he tried to swerve a skier at a Californian mountain resort and hit a signpost, an inquest has heard.

Christopher Perring, 34, suffered chest injuries on the slopes of the Heavenly Resort in Lake Tahoe in January.

The accountant from Sandhurst in Berkshire had been on holiday with his wife Stephanie, Windsor Coroner's Court heard.

Coroner Peter Bedford recorded the death as accidental.

The couple had driven to Lake Tahoe from Las Vegas and spent their first day skiing before Mrs Perring, an experienced snowboarder, felt tired and decided to go back to the lodge where they were staying, the inquest was told.

'Adrenaline rush'

When her husband failed to return, Mrs Perring became concerned, left the lodge and saw a snow patrol attending the scene of her husband's accident.

Mr Bedford said Mr Perring's death had been caused by massive internal bleeding.

He said: "The whole purpose of snowboarding is doing it at speed because that is the thrill.

"Mr Perring liked the adrenaline rush and liked speed.

"He was doing something he loved to do, but it comes with risks.

"It is like driving, you are only as good as the other drivers on the road."

Mr Bedford said a toxicology report carried out during a post-mortem examination in the US found there were no traces of alcohol or medication in Mr Perring's system at the time of his death.

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