A Rough Weekend At Killington, Vermont -- A Power Outage & A Death

The largest ski resort in the east was having its share of problems this past weekend. Though one, a power outage, was more of a nuisance than anything else, there was a bit of tragedy on the mountain as well.

Power Outage Shuts Down Lifts All Over The Mountain

It was around 9:30 A.M. this past Saturday, December 28, that a fallen tree caused a power outage, which in turn shut down almost all of the lifts on the mountain.

This also caused guests that were on those lifts to have to wait until power was restored. For most, that was only a short time. However, it took just over an hour for the Skyeship Gondola to begin running again, according to an Associated Press report.

In the end, the lifts began turning and there were no injuries or other adverse effects to skiers and riders, other than having to wait for a bit, which is nothing a cup of hot chocolate can't cure.

One Man Died From A Skiing Accident

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, one man was killed in an accident, also on Saturday, December 28.

Jason Vitale, 48, of Baldwin, NY, was said to be traveling at a high rate of speed on an intermediate trail, lost control, and collided with a tree.

Killington Ski Patrol responded quickly, moving Vitale off the mountain. However, Vitale went into cardiac arrest while being transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he later died as a result of his injuries. 

It was noted that Vitale was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, however, the official cause of death has yet to be reported.

Photo Credit: Killington Resort/FB


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