Jan 13, 2011 7:27 AM by Bea Karnes

National park rangers rescue backcountry skier

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park have rescued a 55-year-old Chicago man who tumbled about 900 feet down a mountain while backcountry skiing.

Park officials say the man, who was with two other skiers, has several injuries from the accident Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital in Loveland Wednesday evening.

The man's name hasn't been released and the extent of his injuries isn't known.

Rangers got word of the accident by cell phone and reached the man around 3 p.m.

The man was at 10,600 feet elevation. Members of the Larimer County Search and Rescue helped park employees get the man off the mountain.

The park is about 70 miles northwest of Denver.



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