Tragedy struck the slopes of a Utah ski resort on Monday, Dec. 12. 

Search & Rescue

A search and rescue mission began after a skier went missing on Solitude Mountain Resort. Located nearly 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, the resort belongs to the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains.


Photo by Geoffrey Arduini on Unsplash
Photo by Geoffrey Arduini on Unsplash


Beautiful But Deadly

Big Cottonwood Canyon is an ancient canyon that emerged from glacier and stream erosion. According to Things To Do Utah, the natural wonder is an ideal place for picnics and hiking, but the terrain can be quite treacherous during the winter months.

The remains of 37-year-old Devon O'Connell were found on Tuesday at approximately 8:15 a.m. NBC shared the Cottonwood Heights native had been skiing with a friend before his disappearance.

Friendly Goodbyes

The news outlet reports the two had been skiing together until O'Connell's friend left the resort at 10:30 that morning. After parting ways, O'Connell got on another ski lift. Sadly, it was the last time he was seen alive.

The individual was found unresponsive within the ski area boundary near the run Sensation at 8:20 a.m.

—Solitude spokesperson


Authorities have not yet shared the official cause of O'Connell's death, but his injuries are consistent with impact trauma.

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