UPDATED: Man dies after New Year’s Eve accident at Park City Mountain Resort
A 20-year-old man died Tuesday after a skiing accident on the Canyons Village side of Park City Mountain Resort, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.
The man was identified Thursday as Charles Noxon from Sherman Oaks, California. A statement Noxon’s family released through the Sheriff’s Office said he was studying at Columbia University in New York City.
Noxon’s mother, Jenji Kohan, is the creator of the television shows “Weeds” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
“There are no words. But words are what we’ve got right now, along with tears and hugs and massive quantities of baked goods and deli platters,” the family wrote in the statement.
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Noxon was skiing on an intermediate run on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said. He crashed into a trail sign at a fork between two runs and was discovered by another skier, who notified ski patrol. Noxon was alone at the time of the accident and was apparently higher on the mountain than his father and two siblings. He was wearing a helmet at the time.
Patrollers transported him to a site where he could be transferred to a medical helicopter, but Noxon was pronounced dead on the way.
According to the statement written by his family, Noxon was a junior studying philosophy, economics and Chinese.
“He loved Bob Dylan, George Saunders and Hayou Miyazaki. He was questioning, irreverent, curious and kind,” the statement said.
“Charlie had a beautiful life of study and argument and travel and food and razzing and adventure and sweetness and most of all love. We cannot conceive of life without him.”
Mike Goar, PCMR’s vice president and chief operating officer, offered condolences to the family.
“Park City Mountain, Park City Mountain Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” Goar said in a prepared statement.
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