Skier takes 100 foot fall off cliff in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Published 02/04 2013 09:16PM

Updated 02/05 2013 06:02PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A backcountry skier fell about 100 feet off a cliff near Snowbird Monday afternoon.

Robert Babbitt, 31, was skiing with three friends near the Hogam Fork area when he fell off the cliff. 

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in an area west of Snowbird and outside of the ski area boundaries.

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue crews spotted Babbitt in the snow and airlifted him to Intermountain Medical Center with injuries to his face and legs. 

Friends of Babbitt said he knows the backcountry well. Babbitt works at Kirkham's, an outdoor retail store, in Salt Lake City and has many years of experience under his belt.

"He is a very experienced climber and skier," Nick Emery, a friend, said. 

Emery has skied with Babbitt in the past. The two share a passion for the outdoors. 

"He knows the risks," Emery said. "Sometimes accidents just happen."

Search and rescue crews said Babbitt was fortunate to be alive after that type of fall. 

"Knowing Robby he will bounce back from this and be on the wall in no time," Emery said. 

As of Monday night, a hospital spokesman said Babbitt was in critical condition with many injuries.

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