Skier Fighting for His Life After Snowboarder Bludgeoned Him with His Own Ski Pole

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Zillertal Arena in Rohrberg,
Zillertal base area

A skier is in a critical condition after being bludgeoned on the slopes by a snowboarder using the skier’s own pole as a deadly weapon.

The unnamed 55-year-old Brit was attacked just as the lifts were closing on the Zillertal Arena in Rohrberg in Austria. It is thought an argument began when the snowboarder, who may have been in a rush to catch the last chair, almost collided with a group of skiers including the man. Unhappy about the near miss, he tried to challenge the boarder and the confrontation quickly turned violent, according to local media.

Zillertal Arena in Rohrberg, austria
Zillertal Ski Area, Austria

It appears the snowboarder snatched a pole and hit the skier over the head several times. Because he wasn’t wearing a crash helmet, he suffered severe injuries and had to be airlifted to the hospital in nearby Schwaz. The snowboarder reportedly fled the scene when the man collapsed. Police have now appealed for witnesses who might be able to help identify the snowboarder, who is said to have been wearing a grey or anthracite-colored jacket and helmet at the time.

Zillertal Arena in Rohrberg
Zillertal trail map

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2 thoughts on “Skier Fighting for His Life After Snowboarder Bludgeoned Him with His Own Ski Pole

  1. I hope we’re past all that snowboard v skier bullshit , I know there’s a few of you kooks out there still, ….. come on snowbrains don’t show you city boy thoughts

  2. C,mon Snowbrains. I like you guys, but is it necessary to lead with the lame snowboarder vs skier headline? Aren’t we past that? Or are you trying to keep that bs going? I hope they lock that scumbag up for a long time, but couldn’t your headline be fight in lift line or something and then explain in article snowboarder vs skier if you really feel compelled.

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