Tragedy At Local Ski Resort

February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM EDT

COLDEN, NY ( WKBW ) A representative from Kissing Bridge told Eyewitness News that on Friday afternoon workers observed skier John Fuchs getting onto a ski lift.

The workers even spoke with him briefly. However about a third of the way up the lift, a skier in another lift chair saw Fuchs slumped over then fall 25 feed to the ground below.

Fuchs was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mark Halter, President of Kissing Bridge told Eyewitness News, "We certainly offer our sympathies to the family and for all of his friends out here at Kissing Bridget. Anytime we lose a devotee of the sport, it saddens all of us."

Workers say Fuchs was a longtime customer. An autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of his death.