Skier seriously hurt on Ajax
December 29, 2006
Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN – A 55-year-old man from Illinois was seriously injured Friday skiing on Aspen Mountain.The man fell at the junction of Silver Bell and Dipsy Doodle shortly after 9 a.m, according to Jeff Hanle, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman. The area is serviced by the Ajax Express lift near the top of Aspen Mountain.An Aspen ski patroller witnessed the accident and assisted the man, stabilizing him on the slope.The injured man reported no sensation in his legs after the crash.He was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and evacuated to either Denver or Grand Junction, Hanle said. There was no further information available from the hospital.”We treated him there on the mountain, stabilized in the ambulance and there is no update from the hospital yet,” Hanle said.”We try to follow up,” Hanle said of injured skiers at Aspen, but strict Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws enacted in 1996 prevent complete disclosure of a patient’s condition without their consent.”They usually tell us, but not always,” Hanle said. “It’s up to the family. We usually stay pretty tight with these things.”Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.