Injured skier makes way out of backcountry |

Injured skier makes way out of backcountry

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A skier injured in Pitkin County is safe after reaching a rescue staging area under his own power.

Sheriff’s officials say the man and another skier were about 14 miles south of Aspen in the Castle Creek Valley at the base of Star Peak on Sunday when he was injured. The other skier called for help and reported that his partner had injured his leg.

A helicopter pilot tried twice to land in the area but had to abort the attempts due to strong winds.

The man was able to reach rescuers stationed at a backcountry hut on his own Monday morning. Sheriff’s officials say he was dehydrated and in pain. He was seeking medical attention on his own.

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