Girl, 10, hurt after 22-foot fall from Tahoe-area ski resort chairlift | SierraSun.com

Girl, 10, hurt after 22-foot fall from Tahoe-area ski resort chairlift

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com

TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — Emergency crews were called Wednesday to respond to an incident involving a 10-year-old girl falling from a chairlift at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

According to resort officials, the female skier fell approximately 22 feet from the Grandview Express quad chairlift around 11:30 a.m., prompting calls for the Lake Valley Fire Department and a Care Flight emergency helicopter to respond.

The girl was part of a school group and reportedly accompanied by an adult.

She was transported to Barton Hospital in South Lake Tahoe by ground ambulance following the incident. First responders on scene determined the nature of the injuries were not severe enough to require helicopter transport.

A spokeswoman for Lake Valley Fire Department later said, "The patient's condition didn't warrant Care Flight. They were transported to Barton (Hospital)."

Resort spokeswoman Thea Hardy said the girl was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

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"She sustained minor injuries," Hardy said. "The most important thing is that she is OK."

According to the resort, the incident occurred between tower 3 and 4 on the high-speed quad located on the front side of the mountain.

Hardy said resort officials are investigating the fall, and had yet to determine if the chair's safety bar was down at the time of the incident.

"We're very happy she didn't sustain any larger injuries," said Hardy, adding that the mountain encourages chairlift safety.

"It's our top priority," she said. "The threat is there. We do our best to educate people the right way."

Two chairlift falls in January

Wednesday’s incident at Sierra-at-Tahoe in Twin Bridges, south of South Lake Tahoe, was the second reported chairlift-related fall this month in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

An 8-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., girl was injured after she fell roughly 40 feet from the Big Blue Express chairlift at Squaw Valley ski resort on Jan. 2.

The girl was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the resort, the girl wore a helmet, and her mother was with her on the lift when she fell; however, the restraint bar on the chair had not been used at any point during the ride.