Boy injured in fall from Arrowhead chairlift
A Texas boy reportedly dangled from the Arrow Bahn Express chairlift by the hood of his sweatshirt Wednesday before falling 20 feet to the snow below.
Ski company officials are investigating the incident at Arrowhead, the westernmost portion of Beaver Creek Mountain.
According to the 7-year old boy’s mother, the boy had gotten onto the high-speed quad chair when the hood of his sweatshirt became tangled in the footrest, which was in its upright position. When the footrest was brought down, the boy slipped off the lift chair and hung there as the lift operator brought it to a halt as quickly as possible.
The boy reportedly fell about 20 feet, landing on his feet and suffering possible back injuries, his mother said.
He was transported by the ski patrol to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
According to Vail spokeswoman Christina Schleicher, the incident occurred at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. The boy was part of a ski school class.