Man breaks leg in southwest Colorado avalanche


Rescuers unload a skier after he suffered a broken leg in an avalanche above Ophir, Colo., on March, 16, 2014. (Credit: San Miguel Sheriff’s Office)

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OPHIR, Colo. — A 35-year-old man was rescued from a skier-triggered avalanche above the town of Ophir, in southwest Colorado on Sunday.

Two backcountry skiers were caught in the slide. The man from Norwood was not buried but suffered a broken left leg. His skiing companion was able to ski to Ophir to seek help.

The injured skier was on top of the slide, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s said, and a helicopter was deployed to rescue him.

“The victim was treated and packaged in the deposition of the slide and then flown back to the Telluride airport where he was then transferred to an awaiting ambulance,” Sheriff Bill Masters said.

The skier was treated at Telluride Medical Center where he was diagnosed with the broken left leg.

“One of the skiers started the shallow slab avalanche near the top of the couloir and was carried approximately 1,400 vertical feet onto the apron below,” said Deputy Todd Rector, who was part of the rescue.

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