Skiing couple injured in Steamboat; one hit parked snowmobile

Couple from Florida taken to YVMC after incident

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— A Florida couple was taken to the hospital after being involved in separate accidents Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area.

The wife was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening after she skied into a parked snowmobile that was helping move her husband, who had injured his knee while skiing.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the wife skied into the snowmobile near the Sundial trail. The snowmobile had been used to pull a ski patroller up an incline while he held onto a toboggan carrying the husband. The injured husband and ski patroller then continued down the mountain while the snowmobile waited for the wife.

“She got closer, lost control and skied into the snowmobile,” Lane said.

He said the wife was complaining of sore ribs.

Wednesday’s accident comes four days after a more serious snowmobile incident at the ski area. Lane said the investigation into Saturday’s accident involving a ski patroller who lost control of a snowmobile is ongoing.

“Any snowmobile incident we take very seriously,” Lane said.

A patrol member was heading down Vagabond trail when he veered too far left toward Concentration trail. The snowmobile started to get away from the patroller, who jumped off and was uninjured.

Lane originally said the sled traveled about 100 yards without an operator, but revised that statement Wednesday. He said the sled actually traveled without an operator for nearly all of Concentration trail below the upper portion of the Thunderhead Express lift before flipping and coming to a rest about 100 feet above the Betwixt trail.

“We’re very fortunate no one was injured,” Lane said.

Lane would not disclose the name of the patroller involved. A Steamboat Ski Patrol investigation will help determine whether that person will face disciplinary action, he said.

The ski area is joining others across the country this week in promoting safety through the National Ski Areas Assoc­­iation’s National Safety Aware­­ness Week with seminars, demonstrations, programs and contests for all ages of skiers and snowboarders.

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