Mountain Biking

A mountain biker catches air in 2014 at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A rider hit a feature “improperly” Tuesday and injured his neck at the resort.

A woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after falling from Teton Village’s Teewinot chairlift.

Four tourists were loading the lift at 3:20 p.m. when they “misloaded” and two of them fell, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spokeswoman Anna Cole said.

“It was not a large vertical fall,” she said. “The two that fell did sustain some injuries.”

Mountain patrol responded, as did Teton Village Fire Department and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. The chairlift stopped while medics cared for the patients.

An elderly man was not transported to the hospital, but the woman was taken for evaluation. She’s expected to be OK.

“Our risk and safety manager talked through everything with employees on scene and patrol,” Cole said. “It was human error.”

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s summer incident plan was also executed Tuesday when a mountain biker sustained a neck injury.

“We had a pretty sad mountain bike accident,” Cole said.

Just before 5 p.m. an older gentleman “hit one of the features improperly” in the bike park. He was wearing a helmet and riding his own bike.

Rick Unruh landed on his head and injured his “C3 and C4 vertebrae” in the middle part of the back of his neck.

“Our team responded immediately, and he was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center,” Cole said.

Cole said the bike park is conducive for beginners and experts, but she encouraged visitors to consider hiring a guide if ability is in question.

“They can get you comfortable on the features,” Cole said. “It was an unfortunate accident.”

Unruh is listed in serious condition.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, courts@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcourts.

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