Hut skier rescued off Smuggler |

Hut skier rescued off Smuggler

Aspen Times Staff Report

A cross-country skier who injured her knee during a hut trip was rescued from Smuggler Mountain Road Sunday morning.

Linda Nelson, 51, of Massachusetts, was coming down from the Benedict Hut on Smuggler Mountain when she hurt her knee and was unable to continue her descent, according to Deputy Brian Benton of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

She was about halfway between Aspen and the hut, located near Warren Lakes, when she hurt herself. The route is about seven or eight miles long, Benton estimated.

Nelson was evacuated via snowmobile by members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, according to the deputy.

She declined further medical treatment upon arrival in Aspen, Benton said.

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