On Tuesday, a 7-year-old Davis boy who fell 60 feet from a Sugar Bowl ski resort chair lift on Sunday died from his injuries.
The Reno Gazette reported that John Henderson was rushed to the emergency room at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno via air ambulance after falling from the lift. He was an avid member of the resort's ski team and was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall, according to friends and teammates.
"He was an excellent skier, and he loved the sport tremendously, said Sugar Bowl ski team Executive Director Bill Hudson to the Davis Enterprise. "[He] loved being on the mountain.
According to the Davis Enterprise, the fall occurred over an area of exposed rock. Jim Powell, a Davis skier who was chaperoning a Davis High School ski team field trip, passed over the site of Henderson's fall moments later and told said it "did not look good."
"An adult would not have survived that fall," said Powell. Investigators are looking into the incident.
Because of light snowfall this year, the snow pack is harder and more icy than usual, but ski patrol member James Margolis told the Reno Gazette that a fall from 60 feet is "lethal, whether it's in good conditions or bad."
According to The Union, Sugar Bowl extended a press releases expressing thoughts and prayers for Henderson and his family.
"It is with great sadness that we report the boy passed away," said Donner Summit Director of Sales and Marketing John Monson in the release. "The entire Sugar Bowl community extends our heartfelt thoughts and prayers, love and support to the boy's family."
The Reno Gazette reported further in the video below: