Breaking News: X-Games Champion Sarah Burke Seriously Injured in Crash

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 10, 2012 1:41 pm

The Vancouver Sun has just reported that professional skier, Sarah Burke, of British Columbia is in serious condition after a crash during a sponsored event in Park City, Utah. 

A spokesperson for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Associate by the name of Kelley Korbin told the Vancouver Sun that Burke had to be airlifted to a hospital in nearby Park City, explaining that while it was unclear what specific injuries Sarah has, “it is very serious.” Medical personnel at the superpipe had to insert a breathing tube before transporting her out of the resort.

Sarah Burke is a four-time X Games Champion and stars in The Ski Channel’s latest feature film, “Winter“. She is a very special member of the ski community and loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah and her husband Rory Bushfield.

The Ski Channel will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


We spoke with Andy Miller, of Park City Mountain Resort a few moments ago. Details are still extremely scarce, but Miller explained: “Sarah Burke was training in the Eagle Superpipe earlier this afternoon at Park City Resort when she sustained her injury. She was treated by Park City mountain patrol who stabilized her at the scene. They then moved her to base patrol, where they flew 
Sarah to a hospital in Salt Lake City.”

About an hour ago, husband Rory Bushfield (@Bushywayne) was on Twitter reaching out to anyone with a plane to fly him and Sarah’s mother to SLC to be with Sarah. Hopefully they’ve secured transit by now, but if anyone can get them from YVR to SLC please reach out. has also reported on the nature of Sarah’s crash, based upon an anonymous witness: “she landed a trick off of the wall on her feet at the bottom of the pipe, but then whiplashed over onto her side…..She was obviously injured.” 

The Ski Channel will be updating on Sarah’s condition as the day unfolds.