Skier flown to St. Mary’s Hospital after hitting tree |

Skier flown to St. Mary’s Hospital after hitting tree

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A teenage girl from Oklahoma was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction Monday after running into a tree while skiing at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

According to Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper, the girl suffered a severe head injury and was not wearing a helmet.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. on the White River trail near the intersection with the Ute Trail, according to Sunlight’s General Manager Tom Jankovsky.

Ski patrol responded immediately and called Glenwood Fire Department which sent an ambulance. But while emergency responders were driving up to the resort, ski patrol updated the fire department on the skier’s condition and Piper made the call to send Flight for Life up to the mountain.

While the girl’s current condition is unknown, Jankovsky said she remains at St. Mary’s Hospital as of Thursday.

Jankovsky said that Flight for Life incidents at the mountain are a rare occurrence.

Jankovsky added that this ski season has had a relatively low accident rate compared to other years.

According to Piper, the fire department typically sees an increase of emergency calls each year around spring break with high numbers of out of state skiers injured. And most often, he said, they aren’t wearing helmets.

“It’s an unfortunate accident and it’s not the first time we’ve had this happen,” Piper said. “And, unfortunately, it’s not going to be the last.”

Piper stressed the importance of wearing a helmet while skiing and said that, while it’s not a requirement, wearing a helmet is a very important safety precaution.

Numerous injuries and several deaths happen each year at ski resorts all around the nation, and Colorado.

Recently, actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died after suffering a head injury from a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec, Canada on Tuesday. It was reported that she was not wearing a helmet.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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