File photo of ski hut. Photo Credit: vik898 (iStock).

File photo of ski hut. Photo Credit: vik898 (iStock).

Rescue teams were called into Colorado's backcountry on Sunday for an injured skier stranded in the snow with a broken humerus.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office was notified of an injured skier on the trail to the McNamara Hut at about 2:55 PM. The backcountry skier, a 54-year-old female, was suffering from a broken humerus and in "extreme pain", unable to self-extricate, according to the sheriff's office.

A broken humerus, also referred to as a humerus fracture, is a painful break of the shoulder in lower end of the upper arm. 

Rescue teams made contact with the injured skier at about 5:48 PM. She was transported back down the trail to an awaiting ambulance for further evaluation.

Several agencies assisted in the backcountry rescue, including nine members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. All members were safely out of the field by 8:10 PM

The McNamara Hut is a backcountry ski hut situated on the north side of Bald Knob at 10,360 feet, just outside of Aspen in Pitkin County.

Editor’s Note: Help fund search and rescue missions across the state of Colorado by purchasing a CORSAR card at This is not an insurance card. By purchasing a card, you are helping reimburse teams for costs incurred in providing help to lost and injured hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, ATV riders, skiers, snowboarders, and more.


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