Skier airlifted from Crystal Mountain after crash into tree

Staff writerJanuary 27, 2014 

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday when he lost control and ran into a tree while skiing at Crystal Mountain, ski patrol director and risk manager Paul Baugher said.

The crash happened roughly 11 a.m. on Lucky Shot, an intermediate run on the mountain, Baugher said.

The skier was treated by doctors and paramedics at the mountain within minutes, then airlifted to Tacoma General Hospital.

“Our efforts here, as it turns out, were life saving,” Baugher said.

Further details about the skier and his condition were not available, due to federal privacy laws.

“This is part of the inherent risk in the sport of skiing,” Baugher said. “Everybody needs to ski in control all the time.”

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