6-year-old unhurt after fall from lift
A 6-year-old girl fell nearly 30 feet from the Fanny Hill chairlift at Snowmass Ski Area Sunday morning but was apparently unhurt because a ski instructor broke her fall, according to Aspen Skiing Co. officials. The girl, whose name was not released by the Skico, was visiting from out of state, according to Skico spokeswoman Rose Abello. Although the girl showed no outward signs of serious injury, she was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and kept overnight for observation, Abello reported. Abello said the accident happened around 10 a.m. Sunday, when the girl was taking part in a group lesson on Fanny Hill. She and a friend, who also was in the ski school class, were each paired with an adult in the lift line, but apparently the girl never got firmly seated on the chair, according to Abello. In between the first and second lift tower up from the loading station, she lost her seating after the lift had been stopped and fell 28 feet and 10 inches, Abello said. An observer reported that the ski instructor, as well as an unknown number of bystanders, had skied under the lift in time to break the girl’s fall. The observer, a Skico employee who asked not to be identified, said the girl was awake and alert after the fall and wanted to keep skiing instead of being transported off the hill to a waiting ambulance. “When they don’t want to be taken off the hill, that’s a good sign,” the observer noted. An Aspen Valley Hospital employee said the girl was being treated for minor injuries. The employee said an official spokesperson was unavailable because all available personnel were busy treating an unexpectedly high number of cases Sunday, adding that the emergency room had seen more than 80 cases on Saturday. The hospital later Sunday evening had to begin routing patients to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs because of the lack of capacity, according to dispatch radio traffic.
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