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Local man rescued after snowmobile accident on backside of Aspen Mountain

Staff report

A 32-year-old snowmobiler was rescued from the backside of Aspen Mountain after colliding with a tree Tuesday morning.

The snowmobiler was a local man who struck a tree while riding on Richmond Ridge. He sustained injuries to his head and was transported by a Flight for Life helicopter to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At 11:27 a.m., the regional emergency dispatch center received a call for help from a member of the injured man’s party. Mountain Rescue Aspen rescuers deployed to the scene by snowmobile by 12:33 p.m. and provided medical care to the injured person, who was then flown to AVH, the release stated.

At 6:30 p.m., Pitkin County officials confirmed the man was flown to another location for treatment shortly after arriving at AVH, but did not know exactly where. The officials did not know if his injuries were life-threatening.

The snowmobile crash occurred on Richmond Ridge, which is near the Aspen Mountain ski area, out-of-bounds, south of the Sundeck. Pitkin County officials said the injured man lives in the same area.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind the public that the Colorado backcountry is inherently dangerous, and due to the remoteness of backcountry incidents, emergency medical care may be delayed.