CAMBRIDGE, Vt., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Vermont state police are investigating the death of an extreme skier killed while making a stunt film, the Montpelier Times-Argus reported Thursday.
Police said Alec Stall, 23, died as the result of being pushed by a fluke avalanche and falling 500 feet off a cliff on Mount Stowe, Vermont's highest peak Monday. Rescuers took an hour and a half to reach him.
Stall was skiing with four men from Meathead Films, a company out of Burlington, Vt., dedicated to filming extreme skiing in the Northeast.
Stowe Mountain spokesman said the four didn't notify the ski resort of their filming intentions and went beyond marked trails on their own.
Neil Van Dyke of the hazardous terrain team was in charge of the search for Stall and said he hoped Stall's death served as a lesson for back country and extreme skiers.
"These were highly experienced skiers (and) when you go onto terrain like this sometimes you get spanked by Mother Nature," Van Dyke said.