Skier airlifted from Mt Hutt

Last updated 17:12 17/06/2010

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A 21-year-old American woman is fighting for her life after a fall on the Mount Hutt ski field.

The woman was skiing at the popular Cantebury ski area when she slipped on some ice sustaining life-threatening injuries, Garden City Helicopter general manager Simon Duncan said.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was alerted to the incident at around 2.40pm. It arrived back in Christchurch Hospital with the injured woman at around 4pm.

Duncan said the woman suffered ''critical chest and head injuries''.

''She's suffered some quite critical life threatening injuries,'' he said.

Mount Hutt ski area manager David Wilson said he understood the woman hit some rocks after slipping.  

The incident comes just days after a 60 year-old skiier plunged to his death when his vehicle left the Mt Hutt access road.

The man's body was found by searchers about 3.40am on Tuesday after police were alerted by family that he had not returned from a day's skiing.

This is Mt Hutt's first week of operation this ski season.

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