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Park City Mountain, Utah, ski staffer dies; ejected from chairlift

A Utah ski resort employee is dead after being ejected from a chairlift when a pine tree fell onto a lift cable, resort officials and police said.

The 29-year-old ski patroller died Monday after being knocked off the lift just before 11:25 a.m. at Park City Mountain, according to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The resort is in Park City, about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Representatives of Park City Mountain and the sheriff’s office said the employee fell as much as 50 feet from the Short Cut chairlift into a deep ravine.

According to the release, sheriff’s office Capt. Andrew Wright said the tree likely hit the line behind the chair the patroller was riding, causing it to oscillate and unseat him. The victim, Wright said, landed in deep snow.

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