WESTERN SLOPE: Ryan recovering from 1,800-foot fall

By Sheridan Block and Alan Todd

Despite a terrible ski accident in Telluride last week, Ridgway outdoorsman Joe Ryan is back home from the hospital and well on the road to recovery.

On Thursday, April 24, Ryan fell at least 1,800 feet while skiing down the northeast-facing couloir of Wilson Peak, located about 11 miles southwest of Telluride. A four-hour rescue operation conducted by the San Miguel Sheriff's Office ended with Ryan being flow to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He suffered a severe concussion, four fractured ribs and a fractured right scapula but thankfully did not need emergency surgery.
Ryan was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon and returned home to recover. While he noted that recovery was going slow, he was relieved to report that the doctor didn't give him any strict orders to follow throughout the healing process.

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