The skier who died after hitting a tree at Deer Valley earlier this week loved Park City, according to his sister-in-law, Felice Marks, a long-time Parkite and owner of the local business F Marks Collectables.
Michael S. Leone of West Palm Beach, Florida, was married to Marks's sister Sharon who lives in Salt Lake City.
Marks said Leone was a tax lawyer in Florida and was having a wonderful vacation. "On Monday he told me it had been the best day of skiing in his life," she said.
Leone died from injuries sustained after he skied into a tree on the Keno run at Deer Valley. According to a press release from Deer Valley, the resort's ski patrol and medical experts attempted to treat Leone on the mountain but he was already deceased.
Marks said Leone was skiing with a close friend when he lost control and began sliding backwards at a high rate of speed. "He died instantly," she said of the accident.
On Thursday, Marks said she was preparing to fly to Florida where her brother-in-law will be buried. Services are scheduled for Sunday at the Riverside Chapel in West Palm Beach, Fla. Leone is also survived by his son Brett, who attends the University of Florida, and stepdaughter Leni of Salt Lake City.
"We want to thank everyone at Deer Valley who tried to save him," Marks said, adding, "He was a brilliant, lovable man. We want to honor him."
- Nan Chalat Noaker