A 24-year-old Colorado Springs native is in critical condition Monday in an Idaho Falls hospital after a skiing accident near Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Saturday.
Sarah “Sally” Francklyn, a graduate of Air Academy High School, was skiing just south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort when she apparently tumbled hundreds of feet, hitting her head on rocks, shattering her helmet and fracturing her skull, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported.
Francklyn’s father, El Paso County Search and Rescue volunteer Reg Francklyn, confirmed that Sarah was in the intensive care unit at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with a head injury Monday morning.
“She was skiing with friends on a beautiful bluebird Saturday, March 24, in the JHMR backcountry in perfect corn conditions,” family members wrote via the website CaringBridge.org. “She fell and slid, hitting her helmet on a rock, sustaining a cranial fracture. Her partners responded quickly and stabilized the situation. Once ski patrol arrived, Sally was transported to Idaho Falls.”
“We’re struggling, but we’re trying to keep the faith,” Reg Francklyn said over the phone from Idaho Falls. “She’s a very special young lady and we’re worried about her.”
Doctors at the medical center put Francklyn into a medically induced coma as part of her treatment.
Reg Francklyn said his daughter worked for several years as a ski patroller at Copper Mountain, earning “patroller of the year.”
Sally, is very well known in the ski industry. She used to serve as the web content editor for SKI and Skiing magazines. She now works at a Jackson public relations firm where she relocated earlier this winter.