Boarder breaks back |

Boarder breaks back

Aspen Times Staff Report

A 25-year-old local man broke his back while snowboarding in Snowmass ski area’s terrain park, also known as Trenchtown, Sunday morning.

An Aspen Valley Hospital spokeswoman said the man sustained a stable fracture of the first lumbar vertebra located in the small of the back.

The man did not sustain any neurological damage as a result of the accident, she said. He was flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver Sunday afternoon, she added.

The man was not competing in either the boardercross or halfpipe competitions at Snowmass when the accident occurred, according to a spokesperson from the Aspen Skiing Co.

Officials would not release the man’s name.

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