Skier collision, lift accident send 2 to hospital

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— Two incidents this week at Steamboat Ski Area sent an 8- and an 87-year-old to the hospital.

At about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a skier collision resulted in an 87-year-old man hitting his head on the snow, according to Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. The man was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later was airlifted to a Denver hospital, according to the fire department. The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating the collision.

At about 10:10 a.m. Friday, an 8-year-old fell 24 feet from the Four Points chairlift. According to Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane, witnesses reported the safety bar had been down but had been raised near the top of the lift, and the child had leaned forward before falling from the lift. The child was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center for evaluation and later was released, Lane said.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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