McHENRY, Md. - An Upper Arlington man who died while skiing Friday afternoon at a western Maryland resort had been on a family trip to his parents’ lakeside home, his mother said Monday.
Curt Winkelvoss, 38, lost control on an expert run at the Wisp Resort near McHenry, Md.
“He was a wonderful skier,” said his mother, Karen Winkelvoss. “It was just a freak accident. He caught an edge, and he went into a tree.”
Winkelvoss’ wife, Allison, who has family in Lima, was skiing ahead of her husband when he veered off the run, named Squirrel Cage, which was icy at the time of the 1:30 p.m. crash, said Detective Mark Pfaff of the Garrett County sheriff’s office.
The ski patrol treated Winkelvoss at the scene. He died in an area hospital.
Karen Winkelvoss said her son and family often visited her home on Deep Creek Lake. Karen Winkelvoss said she was watching her 5-year-old grandson and 3-year-old granddaughter Friday while their parents got in some skiing at the nearby resort.
Curt Winkelvoss grew up near Youngstown and enrolled at The Ohio State University to study civil engineering after graduating from Canfield High School, his mother said.
He met Allison at OSU. The couple married in 2005 and settled down in central Ohio. Curt Winkelvoss worked as a project superintendent with Turner Construction Co.
Karen Winkelvoss said her son cherished spending time outdoors, especially with his family. Mountainous western Maryland provided year-round outdoor pursuits from skiing to boating and cycling, she said.
“He loved all that,” she said. “They spend a lot of time down here visiting with us.”
Allison Winkelvoss left Maryland on Monday withher parents and children to return to Upper Arlington, her mother-in-law said. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
“It’s just so totally unfair,” Karen Winkelvoss said. “It’s just too soon. We’re going to miss him terribly.”
Winkelvoss was the second skier killed on the Squirrel Cage run this year. A Maryland man died in January, also after losing control and hitting a tree.
“This is just a rare coincidence. There’s nothing wrong with the ski slope,” said Jerry Geisler, the resort’s vice president of facilities and public affairs.
Geisler said the Winkelvoss family is well-known at the resort. Curt’s father, Paul, once was a ski instructor and now serves on the courtesy ski team.
“Everyone there is just heartbroken. It’s just a real tragedy,” Geisler said.