Skier dead after hitting tree at Deer Valley

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PARK CITY, Utah – A skier died after colliding with a tree in Deer Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Deer Valley spokeswoman Emily Summers says 38-year-old James Kimball hit a tree along the edge of the Little Bell run at around 12:30 p.m. He died instantaneously after suffering severe head trauma.

Kimball was a Deer Valley seasonal employee between 1994 and 2001.

Investigators are working to determine why Kimball crashed into the tree.