JOHNSBURG — The man who claimed he was stuck on a ski lift at Gore Mountain Ski Center for 17 hours overnight one day last month was charged Friday with making a false statement to police, authorities said.
Isaac Hyde, 37, of North Creek, was charged with making a punishable false written statement, a misdemeanor, after an investigation by State Police into his claim that he was stuck on a stationary lift when the ski center closed March 31. He was released, pending prosecution in Johnsburg Town Court.
Hyde, a former Gore Mountain employee, reported that he was on the North Quad late that Saturday afternoon when it stopped as he headed up for one last ski trip down. He was an estimated 30 feet off the ground at the time.
JOHNSBURG — State Police are looking into a local skier’s claims that he spent a cold, snowy night stuck on a lift at Gore Mountain Ski Center…
He was not found until the lift was restarted at 8 a.m. Sunday, and he reported he was on the lift overnight as an inch or two of snow fell and temperatures dropped into the 20s.
He was unhurt and declined medical treatment. The fact that he was not hypothermic or exhibiting any signs of frostbite made ski center staff and police question his account. Gore employees called State Police that morning, and Hyde gave a sworn written statement.
State Police would not say Friday if they believe Hyde fabricated the report, and noted only that troopers and an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation were able to prove that at least part of what Hyde told the agency in a sworn statement was untrue.
“The subsequent investigation revealed that Hyde knowingly provided information in his statement that was determined to be false,” the agency said in a news release.
State Police would not release any more information about the investigation Friday.
Hyde’s lawyer, Marc Zuckerman, maintained in early April that Hyde had been stranded, despite apparent doubts by police as they re-interviewed his client. He said Hyde was hardy and used to working in the cold, and was able to keep moving on the lift to stay warm.
Zuckerman said he had no comment on the matter Friday, pending further investigation.
Gore Mountain is owned by the state and overseen by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin said the agency was appreciative of the thorough State Police investigation but had no comment as to whether officials believed Hyde fabricated the report.