Latest News – January 2

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.

The Flight for Life helicopter’s landing at Ski Cooper on Thursday, Dec. 31 drew quite a curiosity crowd on a busy holiday ski day. A male adult skier suffered a heart attack while accessing terrain with a small group through a backcountry gate via the ski area located north of Leadville. Cooper’s Ski Patrol was able to assist until the medical air evacuation arrived. Photo: Leadville Today contributor, Sally Lein.

The Flight for Life helicopter’s landing at Ski Cooper on Thursday, Dec. 31 drew quite a curiosity crowd on a busy holiday ski day. A male adult skier suffered a heart attack while accessing terrain with a small group through a backcountry gate via the ski area located north of Leadville. Cooper’s Ski Patrol was able to assist until the medical air evacuation arrived. Photo: Leadville Today contributor, Sally Lein.

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.”

 

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