Skier fatally injured at PCMR
A Park City Mountain Resort skier died on the slopes Wednesday, the resort said midday Thursday.
According to a statement from the resort, Brett Pendleton was reported missing at about 4:40 p.m. Ski patrollers were alerted and found him close to the resort’s popular PayDay run, an intermediate slope. Patrollers transported him to the resort’s base before an ambulance took him to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, the resort says.
The resort says Pendleton, who was 49 years old, was a longtime member of the Park City Masters racing team and a volunteer safety patroller.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pendleton family at this time," Peter Curtis, the president and general manager of the resort, said in a prepared statement, noting Pendleton was a champion paraglider.
The resort plans a memorial ski run on Friday. Skiers wanting to take part should meet at noon at the finish area of PayDay.
The Park City Fire District, which responded to PCMR, did not immediately have details. Krista Parry, a resort spokeswoman, said his wife reported him missing. Ski patrollers had a tip to look for him on PayDay, Parry said, and found him on the skier’s-left side about halfway down the run.
She said a tree near him appeared to have been struck but Parry was unsure if Pendleton hit the tree.
Parry said few people ski on the side of PayDay at the location.
"Unless you were skiing on the edge of PayDay, you wouldn’t see where he was located," she said.
Parry said no one saw the accident.
Pendleton volunteered for the safety patrol on Tuesdays and Parry said this season is believed to be his first in that role.
He was a member of the Masters Race Training Program, which is for older skiers, for at least 10 years. Pendleton worked weekends so he could ski during the week, Parry said, calling him a great and passionate person.
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