Officials said the skier, damaged by the peach pool, was lifted to safety from the Alaskan mountains over the weekend.
The man stood stably in a hospital after crashing on a hill northwest of Hains on Saturday in the southeastern part of the state near the top of the Alaskan panhandle, the Coast Guard and state soldiers said.
The skier, injured on his head and hands, was carried by helicopter crew MH-60 Jayhawk from the Coast Guard, the guard said in a statement.
He was attacked while two other skiers were hiking down a hill uphill and unknowingly found a cave with a brown bear and its cubs, the Alaskan state troops said in a report.
The bear left the nest, attacked one of the skiers who rolled down the hill and then left, the soldiers said.
The skiers were at an altitude of 1,600 meters on the steep terrain. The other two skiers were not injured and went down the mountain on their own, officials said.
The Coast Guard said they were well prepared and could ask for help in 15-degree weather with a rapidly approaching sunset.
“Their satellite communications device provided the exact GPS coordinates and altitude of their location. Equally important, they had brightly colored tissue to signal the helicopter as we approached,” the Coast Guard lieutenant said. Will Sirokman, who was a co-pilot in the rescue, said in a statement. “It was extremely important for us to find them in time.”
According to the state ministry of fish and wildlife, bear attacks are rare.
The Alaska Epidemiology Section of the state in a 2019 study of bear attacks in the state found 10 deaths between 2000 and 2017 with eight bear attacks.
The report said 68 people were hospitalized for injuries from 66 bear attacks. The authors noted that there are important limitations to its review, such as the different levels of detail of injuries treated on site and death reports.
At least two people were killed by bears in Alaska in 2020. A man was killed near Hope on July 26, a state fish and game department and an Ohio man traveling on a moose hunt were killed by a bear in Wrangell in September. -Street. Elias National Park and Nature Reserve.