Deer Valley skier dies after hitting a tree |

Deer Valley skier dies after hitting a tree

A skier at Deer Valley Resort died after hitting a tree on Tuesday, the resort said.

The Park City Police Department said Paul Brown was 62 years old and from Midway.

According to the resort, the skier was in the Empire Canyon terrain when he hit the tree. The ski patrol of Deer Valley responded to the accident. The Park City Police Department and the Park City Fire District responded as well. The accident was reported at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The Police Department said the man was skiing with his wife, his brother-in-law and his sister-in-law at the time of the accident. The police said the man lost control and skied off the trail before striking a tree.

Empire Canyon, at the upper elevations of Deer Valley, offers terrain rated beginner, intermediate and expert, but it is best known for the expert skiing.

An obituary posted online at says Brown “passed from this life the way he loved living it: skiing with his family.”

The obituary says Brown was a motorcycle enthusiast, was a fan of Swiss chocolate and enjoyed fishing and hiking.

An event celebrating his life is planned on Saturday, March 9, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Deer Creek Chapel, 1102 South Center St. in Midway. A viewing is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. followed by a service at noon.