Injuries on the slopes |

Injuries on the slopes

An out of control skier was careflighted to Washoe Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 3 after hitting a tree on an intermediate run at Northstar.

According to Erin Bernall, communications manager of Northstar-at-Tahoe, the skier was a 52-year-old male from out of the area.

“It appears that he hit a tree,” Bernall said, adding she did not know how fast the skier was traveling on the Straights, an intermediate run, or the skier’s condition after he left the resort.

The accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. Northstar ski patrol arrived on scene first, followed by Northstar Fire Department paramedics. Truckee Fire paramedics also stood by.

Because of the seriousness of the patient’s injuries, he was careflighted to Washoe Medical Center.

No information about the patient’s condition following his admission was available.

This week, while enjoying the fresh powder a snowboarder was seriously injured at Alpine Meadows Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 10, according to Robert Olmer, a ski area spokesperson.

The 25-year-old boarder was hurt during a run down Waterfall, underneath the Summit Six chair lift.

The injured man was transported to Washoe Medical Center, though high winds prevented the use of a helicopter.

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