A 19-year-old female University of Utah student fell 30 feet from the High Meadow chairlift at the Canyons ski resort in Utah at 11:49am on Sunday. She was pronounced dead from her injuries at 2:34pm.
Patrol responded immediately and got her into a life-flight helicopter and to a nearby hospital. The young student unfortunately perished less than one hour after being loaded into the helicopter.
“Ski patrol arrived within one minute of the incident and began rendering aid.” – Steve Pastorino, Canyon’s spokesman
The teen is known to have a medical condition that caused her fall. Her medical condition has not been released yet.
“Summit County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Bridge would not disclose the woman’s medical condition, but he said investigators have determined the condition caused her to fall.” – salt lake tribune
The High Meadow lift is a beginner ski lift and ranges from 15 to 75 feet off the ground. It’s still unclear wether or not the bar was down when she fell. She was riding the chair with other skiers.
These chairlift falls and deaths seem to be very prevalent this season making many wonder if safety bars are going to need to be mandated in the USA in the near future.
Unofficial sends our deepest condolences to the family of this student.