- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The Chelan County sheriff says a 47-year-old Seattle skier was critically injured at the Mission Ridge ski area near Wenatchee when he apparently lost a ski, traveled off the ski run and hit a tree.

Sheriff Brian Burnett says the ski patrol responded immediately Friday morning and began treating Raymond Farbarik, who was described as unconscious and unresponsive.

Farbarik was taken first to a Wenatchee hospital, then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said late Friday afternoon that the man was in critical condition and was headed to the intensive care unit.

The sheriff says the man had been skiing the “Kiwa” run when witnesses say a ski detached from his boot. He was descending a straight portion of the run.