Skier dies after hitting tree at Park City Mountain Resort |

Skier dies after hitting tree at Park City Mountain Resort

Nan Chalat Noaker, Park Record
Hansi Brenninger

A 48-year-old man from Aspen, Colo., died Saturday after colliding with a tree at Park City Mountain Resort.

The Aspen Times has identified the victim as Hansi Brenninger, a well regarded ski instructor and local Realtor.

A spokesperson for PCMR said the accident took place on an advanced trail at approximately 10 a.m..

According to a release from the Park City Police Department, ski patrollers provided initial emergency care and a medical helicopter was summoned, but the patient could not be revived. He was pronounced deceased by staff from the University of Utah Medical Center.

In a statement, PCMR chief operating officer Bill Rock offered condolences.

"Park City Mountain Resort, Park City Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends."

Brenninger was vacationing in Park City with his son, Max. He is also survived by his daughter, Emily, and wife, Kelly.

On Sunday, as the news of Brenninger’s fatal accident reached fellow ski instructors at Aspen Mountain, they described him as a high-spirited, generous friend.

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