Snowboarder’s Large Chairlift Disaster

by The Editors on February 22, 2013

An Albuquerque teen who was reportedly trying to throw a snowball while riding a chairlift at Ski Santa Fe found out the hard way that messing around on chairlifts is a bad idea, according to a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

“Basically, the kid is home and he is fine,” said Cody Sheppard, the ski patrol director at Ski Santa Fe. “It was kind of a dramatic deal. I guess he was attempting to throw a snowball to the chair in front of him, where some friends were, and when he threw the snowball, the momentum just carried him out of the chair. He did hang on for awhile, but then he had to drop.”

The kid was reportedly helicoptered off the mountain, and suffered a “concussion, skull fracture, collapsed lung and a lacerated liver,” but none of it required surgery. Unbelievable. We’re still kind of wondering what happened to his snowboard.

[Link: Santa Fe New Mexican via Boing Boing]

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