Man airlifted from Eldora Mountain Resort with head, spinal injuries

A 48-year-old man was airlifted from Eldora Mountain Resort this afternoon with possible head and spinal injuries.

Boulder County sheriff‘s Cmdr. Mike Wagner said the sheriff‘s office received a call at about 12:45 p.m. for a noncollision injury, and an air evacuation was requested.

The man, who has not yet been identified, reportedly lost consciousness and was airlifted to a hospital.

Wagner said there was no information available yet as to the man‘s condition or what may have caused the injury.

But James VanGuilder, who was one of the first people to find the man, said it appeared the skier hit a tree.

“There were bits of his helmet all over,” VanGuilder said. “I didn‘t see the crash, I just witnessed the aftermath.”

VanGuilder said he was skiing in the west ridge ski area when he heard someone blowing an emergency whistle. He went toward the sound and found the skier facedown with another skier who had come across him and blown the whistle.

VanGuilder said the crash was in the Salto Glades, which he said is a steep and heavily treed area.

“Where the accident occurred, it was probably one of the steepest sections at Eldora,” VanGuilder said.

VanGuilder said the man was facedown when he first got to the scene but was able to talk and communicate until ski patrol came to take him to the airlift.

“Hopefully the guy is all right,” VanGuilder said.

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