French skier Poisson may have hit tree in fatal crash

French skier Poisson may have hit tree in fatal crash

Men's Downhill training - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - 26/01/17 - David Poisson of France in action. Poisson was training with along with other competitors from around the world at the resort of Nakiska in the western province of Alberta.

No further details were provided about his death, which came as the 35-year-old Poisson and his French team-mates were training in Nakiska ahead of the World Cup events at Lake Louise on Nov 25 and 26.

The Frenchman - a bronze medal victor in downhill at the 2013 World Championships - was reportedly preparing for scheduled World Cup races due to take place in North America later this month.

The French Ski Federation says an early investigation into the death of David Poisson suggests the safety netting failed and he hit a tree.

They are still waiting to hear from the French team to see if they want any sort of tribute to Poisson to be held at the World Cup event.

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".

They've been building the course since October and there will be multiple layers of netting on the course.

With files from CBC and Radio-Canada.