Heavenly Settles Over Chairlift Death

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
A lawsuit filed by a family against a Lake Tahoe ski resort and other companies over the death of a man who fell from a chairlift has been settled, although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tamarack Express Lift Courtesy Heavenly

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a family against a Lake Tahoe ski resort and other companies over the death of a man who fell from a chairlift has been settled, although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Sacramento Bee reports Wednesday that the family of 51-year-old Mark Dickson settled the wrongful death suit in September in El Dorado Superior Court. They had sought $15 million in a settlement conference earlier this year.

As part of the settlement the owners of Heavenly Mountain Resort agreed to make various safety improvements, including regular equipment inspections and shutting down the ZipRider line in high winds.

The lawsuit says Dickson was killed in August 2009 after falling from Heavenly's chairlift, which became entangled with a rope retrieval line from the zip line ride.


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