A New Hampshire man who was critically injured when he snowboarded into a tree at the Sugarloaf ski resort Saturday was saved by a LifeFlight helicopter crew and is expected to recover fully, his father said Tuesday. The young man fractured most of the bones in his face and suffered severe internal injuries. He remained in critical condition Tuesday, but doctors said he has no brain or spinal damage and should recover fully after a series of surgeries in the coming weeks.
The accident happened two days after a man skied into a tree at Sugarloaf and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. On Saturday, friends found Nicholas Jones lying unconscious in the snow after he hit a tree along the King’s Landing trail around noon, police said. He was not wearing a helmet.
The Ski Patrol took Jones down the mountain in a toboggan to the Sugarloaf First Aid Clinic, near the base lodge. Paramedics from NorthStar Ambulance took over his care at the clinic, where Jones was conscious and responsive. Jones was taken by ambulance to the Kingfield fire station, about 15 miles away, where he was transferred to the helicopter that flew him to the hospital in Lewiston.