Park City Mountain Employee Died in Lift Accident

Park City Mountain Employee Died in Lift Accident

Park City Mountain Employee Died in Lift Accident: A tree collapsed on the lift line, causing a chairlift operator at Park City Mountain to fall and die. He was 29. A tree collapsed on the resort’s Short Cut chairlift line at 10:45 am. A ski patroller riding at the time and on duty lost his seat.

According to senior communications manager Sara Huey, he fell from a height of at least 25 feet. The Park City Mountain Ski Patrol was on the scene immediately and attempted to save the employee’s life, but they did not make it.

 

Deirdra Walsh, vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain, said, “The Park City Mountain team — as well as the whole Vail Resorts team — express our heartfelt sympathies and support to the family and friends of our team member.” “We will be supporting our staff as we lament this awful loss,” the company said after the unfortunate tragedy.

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The ski patrol safely removed ten more passengers on the chairlift. According to Huey, the lift evacuation was finished at 1:06 pm. Several other chairlifts in the vicinity were shut down to assist with the response. In the interim, the Short Cut chairlift will stay closed while the event is being investigated.

According to Capt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the tree likely struck the line behind the chair the man was on, causing it to sway and knock him off. Wright calculates that the ski patroller fell more than 50 feet into a deep snowbank.

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To help with the investigation, a deputy hiked down to the location. According to Wright, officials want to find out the causes of the tree’s fall, and a medical examiner will determine the cause of death. He said the deceased’s out-of-state family has also been in touch with the Sheriff’s Office. The name of the employee might be made public later this week.