A 6-year-old boy was injured on the slopes at Ski Sundown in New Hartford when he prematurely lifted a bar while riding one of the lifts on Wednesday night.
The child fell a few feet, but it is unclear how far, officials said. The child was close to the disembarkment portion of the lift when the incident happened.
"It was determined that a child had prematurely lifted a bar while riding with his parent slide off the chair and had fallen," said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.
Ski patrollers called in medics to tend to the child. As a precaution, the Life Star medical helicopter took the child to a local hospital.
"Its happened before, but it's pretty rare," said Ski Sundown owner Bob Switzgable.
Vance said the boy was discharged from the hospital with minor injuries. The incident was ruled an accident, police said.
On Thursday, officials with Ski Sundown reminded parents and their kids how to remain safe on slopes. While officials with Ski Sundown said they are not changing their policies, they are reminding people to read the signs before getting on the lift to go skiing.
"One of the best things I think parents can do is to familiarize themselves to skiing and how to use the chair lifts, so that they help communicate that to their child," Switzgable said.
Officials with Ski Sundown said they encourage parents and their children to also take classes, so that they can be familiar with how to use the lifts.
"Any kids who take classes are taught how to use the lifts properly," Switzgable said. "Teach the kids to sit back in the seat further so there not leaning forward."
As the 6-year-old recovers from his injuries, officials with Ski Sundown said they will do whatever they can to prevent another accident from occurring.
"We'll keep an eye on the kids as best as we can but we do count on the parents as well to educate their child and them in the seat sitting," Switzgable said.
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