A University of Utah student fell 30 feet from a chairlift at a Park City ski resort and died on Monday. The 19 year old, was riding the lift at the Canyons Resort with friends Sunday when she suffered a seizure and fell.
Medical personnel arrived within minutes, but the woman’s injuries were too severe. She died at the scene around 12:30 p.m. A Canyons spokesman said the woman was on the High Meadow lift, which serves the mid-mountain area largely leading to beginners’ slopes and ranges from roughly 15 to 50 feet off the ground.
It is uncertain whether the woman and her friends were using the lift’s safety bar, but too often the safety bar is treated as a nuisance when it can save lives. This is the third significant fall from an operating ski lift this season, and the second fatality. A Massachusetts teen died after a fall from a lift at Ski Ward the first week of the year. Everybody should use the safety bar – a simple precaution but essential.