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Sun Valley Resort closes all operations on Bald Mountain, unresponsive skier confirmed dead

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 18:18:07-05

UPDATE: According to a report from the Idaho Mountain Express, the male skier, identified as 67-year-old Gregory Plowman, was confirmed dead on Friday evening at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.

According to the Idaho Mountain Express, after resuscitation efforts were made, Plowman was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and later to St. Luke's Magic Valley's intensive care unit, where he was confirmed dead by Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley. The Idaho Mountain Express was able to confirm Plowman's name and death from Turley, and next of kin has been notified.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sun Valley Resort announced on Facebook that all skiing and riding operations on Bald Mountain are suspended due to snow conditions.

The resort did not give a reopening time but did say there might be a delayed opening Saturday morning.

Sun Valley Ski Patrol received a call Friday morning of a skier in the area of Sunnyside Bowl on Bald Mountain. A representative from the resort says the ski patrol responded and found an unresponsive male skier.

Resuscitation efforts started immediately and patrol transported the skier to the base of River Run and then to the Ketchum Fire Department. The Ketchum Fire Department then took him to St. Luke's Medical Center.

The man's condition is currently unknown and it is unclear what role it played in closing operations on Bald Mountain.

The Idaho Mountain Express is reporting skiers triggered three out-of-bounds avalanches on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain. All skiers reportedly made it out safe.

No uphill traffic is permitted until further notice, according to the Facebook post. Avalanche mitigation is in progress and will continue until Saturday. Right now, there is 80 inches of snow at the base of the mountain and 95 inches at the top.

The Roundhouse and Roundhouse Express gondola will be open. Click here for the full mountain snow report.