The resort is now only open to the public on weekends and is being used during the week as a training area for world-class alpine skiers in preparation for the looming World Cup season, which opens later this week. Eyewitnesses report a lack of protection on the course.
Nakiska was the site which staged Alpine skiing races during the 1988 Olympics. Poisson, 35, is survived by his wife and eighteen-month-old son.
French skier David Poisson, a downhill bronze medallist at the 2013 world championships, died after he lost a ski and hit a tree when falling heavily in training, the French ski federation said Tuesday.
Last year, Poisson won a World Cup downhill race in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
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"David Poisson reportedly hit a tree after passing through the safety nets."The Nakiska resort in Canada is used by many teams for preparation ahead of the World Cup events at Lake Louise on November 25-26". An emergency team tried to revive Poisson for an hour and a half after the accident.
They've been building the course since October and there will be multiple layers of netting on the course.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) extended its condolences to Poisson's teammates and friends upon hearing of the incident, saying in a statement that the Frenchman was a "respected and accomplished athlete".
Poisson was known for his smile and was popular on the World Cup circuit.