Monday, April 13, 2015

The end of a crappy ski season

This ski season was terrible.  It was warmer and with less snow than any year since they started keeping weather records in the 1870's.  Deer Valley and Canyons both closed yesterday.  Park City Mountain Resort is open for one more week.  Yuck!

All those vertical brown streaks are supposed to be ski runs. This morning PCMR reported only 19 runs open.  That is terrible!!  I hope this is just an anomaly, but after a few weak years in a row, it is feeling more like a pattern.

To make it worse, we end the season with another death on the slopes.  From The Park Record:

A Deer Valley Resort ski instructor died after a collision with a lift tower on Sunday, a Deer Valley spokesperson said, a tragic end to the resort's ski season.

Rafal Uzieblo was 42 years old and lived in Pinebrook, the Park City Police Department said. Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the department received a report about the accident at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Police Department spoke to friends and family members who were with him, Ryan said. The investigation was nearly complete by early Monday, he said. The Police Department considers the death an accident, Ryan said.
Coleen Reardon, a Deer Valley spokesperson, said he collided with a Sterling lift tower. He was skiing on the Birdseye run, she said. Birdseye is rated an intermediate run. It is on Bald Mountain. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Reardon said.

Uzieblo worked for Deer Valley for seven years, she said. The death is a "very tragic loss for us," Reardon said.  Sunday was the final day of Deer Valley's ski season.

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