Steamboat city manager improving but remains critical |

Steamboat city manager improving but remains critical

Jon Roberts
John F. Russell

— There was encouraging news Monday about Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts, who was flown to a Denver hospital Sunday after a critical and still unknown injury suffered at Steamboat Ski Area.

“Jon is stable and he’s making small improvements,” said Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord, who has assumed the acting city manager role and has been in contact with Roberts’ wife, LeAnn.

“She sounded much more positive than when I was talking with her (Sunday) night,” DuBord said about LeAnn.

DuBord said Roberts had not regained consciousness as of Monday afternoon, but he was not in a coma, either. He remained in critical condition at Denver Health medical center as of 8 p.m. Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Roberts was found unconscious at the ski area Sunday afternoon and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. DuBord has said he remained unconscious at the Steamboat hospital and was flown to Denver Health shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ski area spokesman Mike Lane has said Roberts was found on the Sitz ski run just above See Me, near the base of the mountain. Roberts was wearing a helmet, Lane said, and he was not near any trees.

Lane said Monday that a skier or snowboarder called the ski area’s dispatch after seeing Roberts on the ground. Dispatch notified Ski Patrol.

“At this point we have no witnesses that we know of, but if somebody saw something and could help us out, we’d love to hear from them,” Lane said. Ski Patrol can be reached at 970-871-5911.

Neither Lane nor DuBord had any more information Monday about the nature of Roberts’ injury.

“They still don’t (know what happened),” DuBord said, noting that Roberts remains unconscious. “I don’t know how they would know any more.”

DuBord said Roberts’ family knew he was going skiing but was not with him at the time of the injury. DuBord said LeAnn and their three adult children are all at Denver Health.

DuBord said she couldn’t provide an example of the “small improvements” Roberts was making, but emphasized the family’s improving outlook.

“From (LeAnn’s) point of view and what she’s been told, they’re seeing some positive signs,” DuBord said.

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