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Man in critical condition after running into S’mass lift tower

Aspen Times Staff Report

A 39-year-old man from Los Angeles was in critical condition at Aspen Valley Hospital Thursday night after crashing head-first into a chairlift tower at Snowmass, according to hospital and Aspen Skiing Co. officials.

According to the ski patrol’s investigation, the man was skiing with his adult nephew under the Sheer Bliss lift when he apparently skied over the backs of the nephew’s skis and lost balance, according to Skico spokeswoman Rose Abello.

“The uncle went head-first into tower 25 of the Sheer Bliss lift,” she said.

The man, whose name wasn’t available from the Skico, suffered injuries to his head and chest, according to the ski patrol report. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.

The patrol was called to the accident scene at 12:11 p.m. They took him off the mountain and delivered him to an ambulance by 12:36 p.m.

AVH spokeswoman Ginny Dyche confirmed the man was in critical condition, but she couldn’t discuss the extent of injuries or release his name without his permission.

Also on Thursday, an accident on Aspen Mountain may have left a passholder with a broken collarbone.

The 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t available, either, from the Skico, took a fall at the bottom of Little Nell and was unconscious for a short time, according to Abello.

Details of the accident weren’t available. The man was transported to AVH for treatment.

The man, whose name wasn’t available from the Skico, suffered injuries to his head and chest, according to the ski patrol report. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.


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