It seems they’re going big in Telluride – maybe a little too big. According to a story in the Telluride Daily Planet, visits to the local ER have spiked since the opening of the resort’s bike park July 5. In the first two weeks following the much-anticipated opening, the town’s clinic saw more than two dozen bike-park related injuries.
Dr. Diana Koelliker told the paper she has seen the whole gamut of injuries, from spinal and head trauma to road rash and busted collarbones.
Koelliker said she consulted with other ski towns with lift-access parks, and so far, injury numbers in Telluride are higher than expected. This may be due to the fact that the park opened during the height of the busy tourist season.
Telski Director of Mountain Operations Scott Pittenger told the Planet that the resort requires riders to wear helmets, and full face masks, gloves and pads are highly recommended. Pittenger also suggested first-time riders go with an instructor or start slow before getting sendy.
Because, in the words of local bike instructor James Ostrow, “Just like in skiing ... it’s not if you will fall, it’s when.”
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