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Three injured on local slopes

Aspen Times Staff Report

Several people sustained serious skiing-related injuries on local slopes Tuesday.

A 24-year-old Aspen Skiing Co. employee took a bad fall after a jump on the lower part of the snowboard park at Snowmass and sustained internal head and chest injuries, according to Skico spokeswoman Rose Abello.

The man was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for treatment. A nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s said the man had suffered a closed head injury, and was in “fair condition” in the hospital’s Neuro Trauma Unit last night.

A 54-year-old man broke his femur, or thigh bone, in a collision with another skier at Buttermilk Mountain at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Abello said. The other skier was not hurt.

The man was admitted to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Another man, 23, also sustained a broken femur in a skiing-related accident yesterday, according to an AVH spokesperson. Details of the accident were not available.

Paramedic Peg Vidakovich said AVH personnel were very busy Tuesday treating people who were hurt skiing and boarding.

“We have had a lot of broken bones today,” she said. “We’ve been so busy today, I really couldn’t give you a number.”

Officials from the Skico and AVH would not release the names of the injured parties.

On Monday, a 60-year-old California man suffered a heart attack on the Elk Camp area of the Snowmass ski resort.

“He stopped skiing, sat down and had a heart attack” on the Bear Bottom trail at about 3:15 p.m., according to Abello.

“When ski patrol arrived, CPR was in progress and patrol took over and they got a pulse,” Abello said.

The man was admitted to AVH later Monday afternoon and was reported in stable condition Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, a 31-year-old Texas man died at Breckenridge Tuesday after hitting a tree on a beginner run. His name had not been released yesterday afternoon.


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