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Sliding hazardous to health

BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. — The U.S. Forest Service is clamping down on sledding at the former Berthoud Pass ski area. The agency took the stance after learning that an 8-year-old child had suffered spinal injuries recently. The child had apparently slid across a berm of snow and into the windshield of a parked car. As well, there have been a broken arm and other injuries.

"The injuries were almost a weekly event," Brad Orr, a Forest Service employee, told the Winter Park Manifest. "The speed at which they were coming down the hill, over the berm and into the parking lot, we had no choice but to close it down before somebody got killed."

In a somewhat parallel case, the Forest Service closed down a popular sledding area near Vail, at the former Meadow Mountain ski area, after being sued as the result of a sledding accident.

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