Backcountry skier rescued after fall in Rocky Mountain National Park
Rangers reached an injured skier in Rocky Mountain National Park this afternoon after the 55-year old Chicago man took a tumbling/sliding fall of about 900 feet while backcountry skiing near the east face of Flattop Mountain on “The Drift,” according to a park spokesperson.
The man, who officials did not identify, was skiing with two others. The rangers who reached the man at about 3 p.m. reported that he has numerous injuries and was located at roughly 10,600 feet.
Eleven park workers including two park medics were on the scene. Rescuers – facing extremely cold temperatures, high winds and white out conditions – began coming down the slope and snowpacked trail with the man in a sled type litter at 4:50 p.m.
Nine members of Larimer County Search and Rescue were preparing to assist the group.
Rescuers reached the Bear Lake Trailhead at 6:30 p.m. the patient was taken
to Estes Park Medical Center by ambulance and flown to Medical Center of
the Rockies. No further information is available.
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