In a devastating incident, a worker at the Palisades Tahoe ski resort lost his life in a snowmobile accident during overnight snowmaking operations. The tragic event occurred on the Alpine Meadows side of the resort, located to the west of Tahoe City.
The victim, identified as Brian Gimbert, aged 34, was operating a snowmobile at a slow speed on undeveloped property near the main lodge of Alpine Meadows. During his operation, he collided with a rock that was partially concealed by snow. This collision led to Gimbert being ejected from the snowmobile, which subsequently landed on him.
The accident was discovered by Palisades employees at approximately 6:30 a.m., who immediately took action by attempting life-saving measures and promptly contacting 911. Gimbert was then rushed to a hospital in Truckee. Tragically, despite all efforts, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Resort officials have been cooperating fully with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as they launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking incident.
The loss of Brian Gimbert is deeply felt in the Lake Tahoe community, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.