Park City Mountain, Utah, ski staff member dies; ejected from the chairlift

A Utah ski resort worker died after being ejected from a chairlift when a pine tree fell on a lift cable, resort officials and police said.

The 29-year-old ski patroller died Monday after being knocked off the lift just before 11:25 a.m. at Park City Mountain, according to a news release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The resort is in Park City, about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Representatives from Park City Mountain and the sheriff’s office said the employee fell up to 50 feet from the Short Cut chairlift into a deep ravine.

According to the statement, Captain Andrew Wright of the Sheriff’s Office said the tree likely hit the line behind the chair the patrolman was driving, causing it to sway and knock him over. The victim, Wright said, landed in deep snow.

The Park City Ski Patrol attempted to treat his injuries and evacuate 10 others who were also on the chairlift at 1:06 p.m., senior communications manager Sara Huey told The Aspen Times. Several other chairlifts in the area have been closed to support the response.

Station officials could not be immediately reached by USA TODAY on Wednesday and did not release the employee’s name.

The Summit County Sheriff tweeted that the office plans to release the name of the victim, a Millcreek resident, on Wednesday.

The Short Cut chairlift will remain closed, officials said, pending an investigation.

“We are all deeply saddened by this tragic incident and will stand with our employees as we mourn this devastating loss,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and chief operating officer of the resort.

contributor: Associated press

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