A skier was rescued Thursday after he fell 1,000 feet just outside of Telluride.

The man was skiing the north-facing couloir on Wilson Peak with two others when he fell and suffered severe injures shortly before noon, according to a press release from the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office immediately initiated a search and rescue mission.

Sheriff Bill Masters said the skier was on a steep slope at about 12,500 feet, according to the release.

"Once we safely got rescue personnel on the ground and made patient contact, we confirmed that we would need to package and transport the patient to a more secure landing zone," the sheriff said in the release.

Classic Lifeguard transported the man to the Telluride Regional Airport where flight medics treated and prepped the patient for helicopter transport to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

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