SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The ski season has only just begun, but crews at Flight For Life Colorado are already responding to a number of life and death incidents in the mountains.
FOX31’s Nicole Fierro had a one-on-one encounter with the Summit County flight for Nursing Assistant Director Peter Werlin.
Prior to spending decades on the Flight For Life team, Werlin grew up as the son of the General Manager of the Loveland Ski Area for 28 ski seasons.
“Everything we did as kids was about ski season, so this is my 24th ski season with Flight For Life,” Werlin said.
Growing up in the mountains, Werlin knows how amazing and important skiing is in Colorado. He also knows how dangerous it can become with the snowpack situation this year.
“I made a double fracture of the boot of a guy who said, ‘This is the trail I’ve always been on,'” said Werlin. “Well, there was just enough snow to cover the tree. His feet both went under the tree and he broke both of his legs at the top of the boot.
With the 2021 winter season just beginning, Werlin said his team has already responded to half a dozen ski mountain emergencies. With less snow, he said there would be more skiers and snowboarders sharing fewer trails.
“We see a lot of people getting impaired by alcohol and marijuana, and you add that to people driving 40-35 mph in a crowded area with kids, and someone is going to get hurt,” Werlin said. . “To see the faces when you work on their kid or their parent who has gone through a great industry, I feel so bad, because they are there for fun. “
Werlin said children should never go out without vocational lessons and everyone should wear a helmet.
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