Heavenly employee killed in 'incident' identified

Published: Jan. 19, 2020 at 4:06 PM PST
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UPDATE: The employee killed in a 'serious incident' at Heavenly Mountain resort on January 18, 2020 has been identified as 36-year-old Christopher John Nicholson of South Lake Tahoe.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Washoe County Coroner's Office are working to determine his cause of death.

ORIGINAL: A Heavenly Mountain Resort employee died Saturday after what the resort called a "serious incident" on the expert trail in Mott Canyon, the resort reported Sunday.

The 36-year-old California man was taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City. After emergency care and evaluation, he was pronounced dead, the resort reported.

The Heavenly Ski Patrol responded. The specifics of what happened were not immediately available. Heavenly called it a serious incident.

“Heavenly Mountain Resort, Heavenly Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends,” Tom Fortune, vice president and general manager of Heavenly Mountain Resort, said in a statement.

Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are all owned by Vail Resorts. Heavenly is near South Lake Tahoe.

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