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Gazette Premium Content Colorado skier recovering after tumbling down couloir

Associated Press Updated: April 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

TELLURIDE — Authorities say a 64-year-old skier is recovering after tumbling more than 1,000 feet down Wilson Peak near Telluride.

The Telluride Daily Planet reports (http://bit.ly/1tRnHcG ) Joe Ryan of Hastings Mesa was skiing with two other people when he fell down the north-facing couloir of the peak at about noon Thursday. San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters says the man was on a steep slope at about 12,500 feet and was skiing on "tough, long, difficult terrain."

Nearly two dozen sheriff's deputies and search and rescue personnel participated in the four-hour-long rescue operation.

Masters says Ryan was taken to a hospital in Grand Junction, where he was listed in good condition Friday.

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