It could be much worse…
A Winter X Games competitor, paralyzed previously in a snowboarding accident, fell 35 feet from a chairlift Monday near Aspen, Colo., as ski-area staffers watched.
Kimberly Joines was riding Buttermilk’s Summit Express chairlift alone on Monday when she slipped from the chair and grabbed hold as she fell. She held on as helpless ski workers watched from the ground, encouraging her to hang on.
..The lift stopped less than 100 yards from the downloading ramp and Joines couldn’t hold on any longer, falling 35 feet to the snow below.
The ski patrol quickly arrived and checked her out, finding no broken bones.
“I’m so lucky, I’m in a lot of pain right now, but I’m not dead,” she told a local paper.Via TheDenverChannel.com