PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) — The victim has been identified as a 29-year-old man from Millcreek by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Park City Mountain Ski Patrol reportedly contacted the sheriff’s office yesterday requesting a helicopter to hoist an unresponsive man to the hospital around 11:25 a.m. Investigators learned that a pine tree had fallen on the Short Cut lift cable, right behind the chairlift where the 29-year-old man was seated. The impact knocked him out of his seat and caused him to fall at least 25 feet into a “ravine of deep snow.”

Park City Mountain Ski Patrol conducted life-saving measures, but the man succumbed to his injuries.

The Utah Office of the Medical Examiner is working to determine an official cause of death.

The victim’s name has been withheld, per his family’s request.


Jan 2, 2023 / 06:28 PM MST

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) — A Park City Mountain Resort employee fell to their death on Monday, Jan. 2, after being knocked off a chairlift by a fallen tree.

At around 10:45 a.m., a tree fell on the line of the Short Cut chairlift at Park City Mountain, causing an on-duty employee riding the lift to fall at least 25 feet to the ground, according to a representative of the resort.

Park City Mountain ski patrol responded and conducted life-saving measures, but the employee succumbed to their injuries.

The remaining 10 people on the lift were safely evacuated by ski patrol by approximately 1 p.m. Several other chairlifts in the area were closed to support the response, but they are expected to open on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

“The Park City Mountain team – as well as the entire Vail Resorts team – extend our deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of our team member,” said Deirdra Walsh, Park City Mountain vice president and chief operating officer. “We are all deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and we will be providing support for our employees as we grieve this devastating loss.” 

Short Cut chairlift will remain closed pending an investigation of the incident.