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Heavenly Ski Patroller Dies After Found Unconscious at Resort

The patroller was found unconscious on an expert run at Heavenly ski resort. Jcookfisher Flickr Photo.

A Heavenly ski patroller was found unconscious on the resort’s slopes and later died in hospital care. 36-year-old Christopher John Nicholson was working at Heavenly on Saturday, January 18th when his body was discovered in the Mott Canyon area. First responders airlifted Nicholson to medical care, and after emergency care and evaluation, he was pronounced dead. His cause of death is still being determined by the Douglas County Sheriffs’ office and Washoe County Coroner’s office.

In response to the incident, Tom Fortune, VP and GM of Heavenly Mountain Resort released this statement saying, “Heavenly Mountain Resort, Heavenly Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends.”

RELATED: One Killed, One injured in Inbounds Slide at Alpine Meadows

This incident is the third snow-related fatality for the region in one weekend. Last Friday, a man died from a snowmobiling accident near Spooner Summit. On that same day, a 34-year-old skier was killed by an inbounds avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort. The cause of the avalanche is still being investigated. 

About The Author

stash member Katie Lozancich

TGR Staff Writer and photographer. Fond of bikes, pow, and dogs. Originally from Northern CA, home for me has ranged from the PNW to a teepee in Grand Teton National Park.