NVDL: I wonder what actually happened. If it was on a beginner's slope it's unlikley she gathered a lot of speed unless she'd gone over the side of a slope. Perhaps she banged her head but hard enough to cause haemoraging which would then have caused pressure and created a stroke-scenario. Shows you how fragile life is, and how suddenly things can change. She died at 45.
She fell on a beginners slope near Montreal during a ski lesson Monday and initially appeared coherent, but an hour later she complained of a headache. As her condition worsened dramatically, she was flown to a hospital near her home in New York City, where her family gathered.