Teen badly injured in Buttermilk crash
December 30, 2002
A 16-year-old boy was critically injured Friday after crashing at the Buttermilk Mountain terrain park.
The boy, a visitor from New York, apparently hit his head after he skied off a large jump at the Crazy T’rain Park and misjudged his landing. Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said he was not sure how far the boy fell before crashing or on which jump the boy was injured. He said the jump is on the “upper section” of the two-mile-long park.
“But he was wearing a helmet,” Hanle said.
The boy was conscious directly after the accident as ski patrollers helped him into a waiting ambulance. However, he was listed in critical condition upon his arrival at Aspen Valley Hospital.
The boy was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction Friday night for further treatment. A hospital spokesman was unable to release the boy’s condition due to new administrative policies.
A skier on Saturday suffered a less severe injury after she hit a tree at Snowmass.
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The woman, who apparently suffered leg injuries, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. A hospital supervisor said the woman remained hospitalized Sunday evening.
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