Boy hurt in chairlift fall at Calif. ski resort

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 12:51 PM
Boy hurt in chairlift fall at Calif. ski resort

A 7-year-old boy was critically hurt after falling about 60 feet from a chairlift at a Northern California ski resort.

It happened Sunday at the Sugar Bowl ski resort west of Lake Tahoe.

Resort spokesman John Monson tells KCRA-TV in Sacramento ( that the boy was practicing with the resort's ski team when he fell from the lift.

The boy was taken to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where he had surgery to relieve pressure in his skull from a head injury.

The 400-member Sugar Bowl Ski Team won't release the boy's name or hometown. The team includes youth ages 5 to 18.

Two other team members, about the same age as the boy, were on the lift with him when he fell.

Monson says an inspector checked the chairlift and found no malfunctions. The chair was back in operation the same day.