A ski patroller at Vail’s Heavenly Mountain Resort South Lake Tahoe was killed in a serious incident. Heavenly Ski Patrol responded to
the scene on the Mott Canyon double black diamond trail where they found 36-year-old patroller, Christopher John Nicholson. The critically injured patroller was transported via Care Flight to Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville where he succumbed to his injuries.
Heavenly Mountain Resort VP and General Manage, Tom Fortune, released the following statement: “Heavenly Mountain Resort, Heavenly Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friend.”
Nevada’s Douglas County sheriff’s office and the Washoe County coroner’s office are working to determine a cause of death. Nicholson was a resident of South Lake Tahoe and was on-duty Saturday, 18 January, at the time of the incident.
Nicholson was the third person to die in accidents on Friday and Saturday in the central Sierras. A snowmobile accident at Blue Lakes on Friday afternoon claimed the life of local resident, Jake Roman. Also on Friday, Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, Calif., was killed at the Alpine Meadows ski resort in an avalanche. Another skier was seriously injured in that avalanche.
Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are all part of Vail Resorts.