Backcountry skier hurt in avalanche near Telluride |

Backcountry skier hurt in avalanche near Telluride

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Dustin Hinde Telluride Daily Planet/AP Ski patrollers and skiers helped stabilize and prepare Eric Zuaro for transport Thursday after he was caught in an avalanche in the backcountry near Telluride. Zuaro was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was in serious condition.

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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