Aspen emergency room reports busy weekend |

Aspen emergency room reports busy weekend

Staff report

A busy holiday weekend and sunny, warm skiing conditions made for a hectic weekend at Aspen Valley Hospital, an official said.

The hospital’s emergency room saw 47 people Saturday, said Terry Collins, the hospital’s chief financial officer. ER traffic on Sunday was in the 30s, he said. He did not know how many of those injuries were ski-related, though he said he guessed quite a few occurred on the slopes.

The most serious injury reported to authorities occurred Sunday at Buttermilk, when a 20-year-old snowboarder was seriously injured 12:40 p.m., Jeff Hanle, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman, has said. The injury occurred on Lower Savio on the lower portion of Buttermilk, and the man was not wearing a helmet, he said.

“It was a serious injury,” Hanle said Sunday, noting that ski patrol had to perform “advanced life-support measures.”

The initial emergency call was reported as a skier versus a tree, said Deputy Jesse Steindler of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. He said he heard the man was helicoptered to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

No other information about the man was available Monday.