Backcountry Skier Flight for Life’d Out From Cooper
On the last day of 2015, a backcountry skier was transported by Flight For Life after suffering a heart attack. The adult male skier was skinning into the backcountry with a small group, gaining access near Ski Cooper through a backcountry gate.
While the man was “neither a Cooper employee nor a ticketed guest,” stated Patrick Torsell, Ski Cooper’s Marketing manager, “our ski patrol immediately responded to the scene, and extricated him from the backcountry while providing CPR.”
St. Vincent Ambulance and Flight for Life were also dispatched. While additional medical details were not available, eye witness reports indicate that the patient was alive at the time that Flight for Life departed.
“The Cooper Family is certainly sending our thoughts and prayers for his survival and recovery, and for his family and friends,” added Torsell. “We are very proud of the professionalism, speed, care, and attention to detail displayed by our team’s response to this situation.”