A 19-year-old Stateline Nevada man recently after falling from a chairlift at Heavenly Mountain Resort, reports say.
The man, Ryan Moore, who had moved to Stateline two years ago from Santa Ynez, CA was a snowboarder who had bought his season pass for snowboarding a few days earlier. Moore fell from the chairlift at about 11:30 a.m. after leaning forward to massage a leg cramp, reports say. The restraining bar on the chairlift was not fully latched and he fell 30 feet to his death in an area not covered in soft snow.
Moore was accompanied on the chairlift by another rider, reports say. Although emergency crews from Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department responded to the scene, Moore had already suffered major trauma from the fall and lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. Moore was pronounced dead.
Although Heavenly encourages riders to use the restraining bar on its lifts, many riders do not. Reports say the resort would evaluate possible changes to its safety policies after the investigation.
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