A Florida man was killed last Friday night, Jan. 31. at Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina after sledding at the resort after it had closed. The man, 53, was apparently riding on a plastic disk when he hit a snowmaking machine and was killed by blunt force trauma, Sugar Mountain Police Chief David Henson said.
The incident is reported to have happened after 11 p.m., Friday, which would make it an hour after the ski slopes would have closed, the resort’s marketing director told The Charlotte Observer. Sledding is not allowed on the resort’s slopes, let alone after the resort has already closed. Regardless, the man’s death is a tragedy and reminds us the danger that is inherently associated with simple winter activities.