CLOSEFlorida teen hits tree at Utah ski lodge, fractures femur

A Life Flight helicopter wearing an injured 16-year-old takes to the air from Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah on March 23, 2018.
Jannett Johnson/Special for The Spectrum & Daily News

A 16-year-old boy underwent surgical operation after he hit a tree whilst snowboarding at Brian Head Resort and was once airlifted to a St. George health facility Friday afternoon, officers mentioned.

The youngster, who was once visiting from Florida, “hit a bad spot” at the ski run and crashed, mentioned Deputy Jared Burton of the Brian Head Marshal’s Office on Saturday. 

The teen fractured his femur and had a bloody nostril, Burton mentioned. Brian Head Ski Patrol took the skier down the mountain and administered ache control and trauma care.

An Intermountain Life Flight helicopter landed within the lodge car parking zone subsequent to an ambulance and a group transferred the teen from a stretcher into the chopper.

Burton mentioned the teen was once “in a lot of pain but good condition.”

The skier was once airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, the place he underwent surgical operation, Burton mentioned.

A Dixie Regional spokeswoman didn’t go back calls in search of an replace of the boy’s standing.


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Medical helicopters are used when an individual has a life-threatening situation or harm, together with respiring issues or head trauma, Burton mentioned. 

How ceaselessly a chopper is named is dependent upon ski stipulations, he mentioned.

“It’s not common unless we have a bad snow year — and then it’s pretty common.”

Classic Air Medical and Life Flight helicopters had been known as six occasions this season, he mentioned. Brian Head Resort opened Nov. 24 for the 2017/2018 season.

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