Girl critically injured at Aspen Highlands |

Girl critically injured at Aspen Highlands

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A 7-year-old girl critically injured after skiing into a tree at Aspen Highlands on Saturday was airlifted from Grand Junction to Denver yesterday, where she remains in critical condition.

The girl, identified by Aspen Skiing Co. and hospital officials only as a Florida resident, was originally rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital after the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. The girl suffered severe head and chest injuries after hitting a tree on Golden Barrel, an intermediate run listed as a high-traffic area on trail maps. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the girl was loaded onto a toboggan by ski patrollers and taken to an ambulance. She was initially treated in Aspen before being flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction later in the day.

A spokesperson for St. Mary’s was not able to release information about the girl’s condition Sunday, saying only that she required additional treatment and was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Denver. A spokesperson there said the girl arrived in Denver around 4 a.m. Sunday.

The girl was in critical condition yesterday evening, but further information regarding the extent of her injuries was unavailable.

Hanle had no details on how the accident occurred.

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