Utah ski resort employee killed in chairlift fall identified as 29: sheriff


A Utah ski resort employee who died Monday after falling from a chairlift into a ravine has been identified.

On Facebook Wednesday, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 29-year-old Christian Helger of Millcreek. He was a ski patroller at Park City Mountain Resort, according to KSL-TV.

Helger’s official cause of death will be determined by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Our prayers are with the Helger family as they mourn the loss of Christian. Hug your loved ones often and let them know you love them,” the department wrote.

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Skiers sit in a chairlift with a panoramic view of the Wasatch Range in the Rocky Mountains on March 02, 2015 in Park City, Utah, USA.
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The sheriff’s office reported that Helger was riding the Short Cut chairlift at Park City Mountain around 10:45 a.m. Monday when a tree fell on a lift cable, causing the chairs to “up and down significantly.” Helger, who the station said was on duty, fell at least 25 feet into a ravine of deep snow.

Due to the difficult terrain, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said it took at least 20 minutes to reach Helger and pull him out of “chest-deep snow,” KSL-TV reported. He was unconscious when pulled out of the snow and immediate rescue action was unsuccessful.

“The entire Summit County Sheriff’s Office sends its deepest condolences to family and friends, to the Park City Mountain Ski Patrol team who worked to save one of their own, and to the entire Park City Mountain team as they mourn this tragic loss,” the department said. writing on social media.

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A bird's eye view of Park City Mountain Resort during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

A bird’s eye view of Park City Mountain Resort during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
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Park City Mountain, which is one of many Vail Resorts destinations, released the following statement to Fox News Digital:

“The Park City Mountain team – along with the entire team at Vail Resorts – express our deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of our team member,” said Deirdra Walsh, Vice President and COO of Park City Mountain. “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic incident and will be supporting our employees as we mourn this devastating loss.”

The resort said another 10 people on the Short Cut chairlift at the time were safely evacuated by a ski patrol. The chairlift will remain closed while the incident is investigated.

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Fall colors begin to appear on the mountainside of Park City Mountain Resort September 2, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Fall colors begin to appear on the mountainside of Park City Mountain Resort September 2, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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Helger’s death was the second at the resort in recent days after a 75-year-old man died of a serious medical episode while skiing on Sunday, according to TownLift.

Park City media reported that the man suffered a serious medical incident on an advanced trail in the Dream Peak area of ​​the resort.

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The man was pronounced dead on the mountain after first responders transported him to an ambulance access point.


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