Backcountry skier hurt in avalanche near Telluride
Aspen, CO Colorado
TELLURIDE, Colo. ” A 28-year-old man is hospitalized in serious condition after getting caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Bear Creek, near the Telluride ski area.
The Telluride Daily Planet reports that Eric Zuaro of Placerville was skiing in a steep valley called E-Ticket when he got swept up in the avalanche Thursday.
Witnesses say he slid more than 1,000 feet and was buried for up to five minutes before being dug out of the snow by another skier.
Zuaro suffered multiple broken bones.
A helicopter doing training exercises nearby lifted him to Town Park. Zuaro was then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was listed in serious condition.
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Mountain Rescue Aspen is expanding its education efforts to try to keep people safe in the backcountry during winters and summers. It will host a workshop on Dec. 8 titled, “How to Plan a Backcountry Tour.”