Mississippi woman still recovering after fall at Steamboat Ski Area
January 6, 2012
Steamboat Springs — A 19-year-old Mississippi woman continues to recover at a Denver hospital from serious injuries she received after slipping and hitting her head on a snow gun Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said she could not comment further about the incident because the investigation is ongoing. She would say only that Laken Wilson was not wearing a helmet when the accident ocured. Ski area officials also think that Wilson was hiking with friends on the mountain and that they did not have skis or snowboards with them.
A Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy interviewed the three people Wilson was hiking with.
According to the deputy's report, Wilson and three other people had skied earlier in the day but decided to ride the gondola and hike across the mountain wearing their ski and snowboard boots.
At the intersection of the Concentration and Vagabond ski trails near the top of the Thunderhead Express chairlift, a couple of the hikers lost their footing and began falling down Concentration, a black-diamond trail that had been closed Sunday morning because of icy and dangerous conditions. It still is unclear how far Wilson slid before hitting the snow gun.
Wilson was flown to Denver with a skull fracture and underwent three hours of surgery to repair the damage, according to a Web page set up in her name at http://www.caringbridge.org.
The website allows friends to send Wilson messages.
"Pray for Laken to have continued improvement in her speech and right side movement … and that she can keep her spirits high," the Web page reads.
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