RECREATION

Skier killed on chairlift

Feb 18, 2020, 2:00 PM
skier killed on chairlift...
Several ski resorts announced they will be closing operations until further notice in response to COVID-19. (FILE PHOTO -Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
(FILE PHOTO -Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

VAIL, CO — A skier was killed on a chairlift at Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.

Resort officials say Jason Varnish, 46, of Short Hills, NJ, died while riding a chairlift in the resort’s Blue Sky Basin last week.

A local coroner says Varnish died of positional asphyxia after slipping through the seat of the lift, his ski jacket becoming stuck in the chair, and the jacket then wrapping around his head and neck. It’s believed this cut off Varnish’s airway.

The Aspen Times reports witnesses saw Varnish’s folding seat in the upright position, instead of being folded down. Ski patrol responded and attempted CPR, but Varnish was later pronounced dead at a nearby medical facility.


Vail resort sends its condolences to Varnish’s friends and family. It adds that an investigation is ongoing.

You may also be interested in:

2 dead at area ski resorts in 1 week

UTA to add more ski buses this season

Son of television producer dies in ski accident in Utah

Today’s Top Stories

Recreation

Utah is known as bear country. Black bears can be drawn to the scent of food from miles away. Photo...
HUGO RIKARD-BELL

The DWR to update management of black bears

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will update its policy on black bear management in 2023 after 11 years.
11 hours ago
crowded zion national park...
Mark Jones

Seasonal shuttle service, camping availability announced at Zion

Fall shuttle service into Zion National Park ended Sunday. It will resume for 10 days beginning on Dec. 23 and running through Jan. 1, 2023.
2 days ago
Image of the scene in Spanish Fork where a horse was hit by a car that drove through a parade (Phot...
Chandler Holt

Car drives into parade, hits horse and rider

A car drove through barricades and onto a parade route. The vehicle drove for 7 blocks before striking the horse and rider.
3 days ago
Zion National Park officials say one woman died this week, while a man suffered from hypothermia. T...
Mark Jones

One person dies on hike at Zion National Park, another hospitalized

A woman died this week during a hike at Zion National Park with her husband, park officials say. The two got caught in cold weather Tuesday night into Wednesday.
5 days ago
A duck swims in the pond at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Photo credi...
Mark Jones

Pond at Liberty Park drained for necessary repairs

The pond at Liberty Park has been drained for needed repairs. It is expected repairs on the pond should be completed by the end of December.
8 days ago
The 'Pangeos Terayacht' would be shaped like a giant turtle (Photo courtesy of Lazzarini Design Stu...
Julia Buckley, CNN

Gigantic floating city design could become the world’s largest boat

A full-on "floating city" according to Lazzarini, the yacht will have space for hotels, shopping malls, parks and even ports for smaller ships and aircraft to get guests there in style.
12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Skier killed on chairlift