Skier hurt in Telluride avalanche upgraded to fair condition |

Skier hurt in Telluride avalanche upgraded to fair condition

Ski patrol and skiers helped stabilize and package up Eric Zuaro for transport to town in the Helitrax helicopter after he took a ride in an avalanche that ran about 1,500 vertical feet in the backcountry near Telluride, Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Zuaro was buried a meter deep and rescued within five minutes by Rob Liberman, who arrived first on the scene. Zuaro was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was in serious condition Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Dustin Hinde - Telluride Daily Planet )
AP | Telluride Daily Planet

TELLURIDE, Colorado ” A backcountry skier injured in an avalanche near Telluride has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.

Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Zuaro was being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction on Friday for multiple broken bones.

Zuaro, of Placerville, was skiing in a steep valley called E-Ticket on Thursday when he got swept up in the avalanche.

He was picked up by a helicopter doing training exercises nearby and was later flown to St. Mary’s.

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