8-year-old girl falls 40 feet from Tahoe ski resort chairlift (updated)
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — An 8-year-old Northern California girl was injured after she fell from a chairlift on Saturday at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
The incident occurred at roughly 3:30 p.m., when Squaw Valley ski patrol responded to a report of a skier who had fallen from the Big Blue Express chairlift, resort officials said in a statement provided Monday morning to the Sierra Sun.
The girl fell about 40 feet, resort spokeswoman Jess Weaver said later Monday, and her mother was with her on the lift when she fell.
An update on her condition was not immediately known as of Monday morning, although her injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.
“Upon arrival at the scene, patrollers administered emergency medical care to an 8-year-old female skier from Los Gatos, Calif., who was conscious,” according to the Squaw Valley statement. “The skier was wearing a helmet at the time of her injury; however, the restraint bar on the chair had not been used at any point during the lift ride.”
The girl was transported via CareFlight helicopter from the resort to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
The Big Blue Express is a detachable six-pack lift that provides access to Squaw Valley’s upper mountain terrain.
“Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows management and staff would like to extend their heartfelt thoughts and concern to the skier, her family and friends,” resort officials said. “The resort would like to acknowledge the assistance of the CareFlight staff in the rescue efforts.”