PARK CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A 70-year-old man died after hitting a pole while skiing at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City Friday afternoon.
Coleen Reardon, Director of Marketing at Deer Valley Ski Resort, said the incident happened around 12:30 when the man, who she believed may have been visiting from out of town, was on the NASTAR course and hit a pole. Emergency crews immediately responded and performed life-saving measures until LifeFlight arrived and flew the man to a local hospital.
Reardon said she did not know if the man died at the hospital or while they were on the way there.
Kayla Grace Ashburn, a South Carolina college student, was in Park City visiting with family when the incident happened.
“My family and I had just come in to the lodge to get some lunch when we witnessed what at first we thought was just a practice drill,” Ashburn said. “Sadly we realized it was real when we could see blood on the white snow. We saw the ski patrol men do CPR on the man for a very long time.”
Ashburn said the man was transported to a medical helicopter via snowmobile.
“We could see that he took the second to last racing pole out and we figured he might of hit a tree,” Ashburn said. “Everyone was stunned at what was happening before are very eyes. We were hoping he was okay but it definitely made us just that more careful when we’re skiing.”
The name has not yet been released.