French skier may have died after hitting a tree

French skier David Poisson has died after a fall in training in Canada.

An early investigation has revealed details about the accident that caused the death of France's elite skier David Poisson on Monday in Canada. Poisson is his country's first alpine World Cup skiing death since Regine Cavagnoud was killed in a training accident in 2001.

French media on Monday reported David Poisson, a former World Cup bronze medal victor in 2013 and competitor in both the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Games, was the skier killed while training on the Kananaskis slope Monday morning.

Poisson, a bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships, passed away after a crash in the resort of Nakiska.

"The French ski federation has since last night been in contact with David's family to support and accompany it in this awful moment", the federation added.Poisson, who lost his own father to cancer two weeks ago, was a hugely popular figure on the World Cup circuit, known by his nickname of "Caillou" - the French for pebble - given his short muscular build.

Poisson also finished third in World Cup downhill held in Santa Caterina, Italy in December, 2015. The site is not open to the public at this time of year, but only for private training for elite athletes preparing for the World Cup.

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

"We are deeply saddened by this and our thoughts and prayers go to his family, and team".

Vanessa Coleman