Thunder bowl lift

A 9-year-old fell from the Thunder Bowl lift at Aspen Highlands on Saturday and was hospitalized. The 31-foot fall came just after tower 1. The lift is shown here in a photo from January.

9-year-old Aspen boy was hospitalized after falling 31 feet from a chairlift at Aspen Highlands on Saturday.

The boy has been released from the hospital and is home with his family, said Jeff Hanle, Aspen Skiing Co. vice president of communications, on Tuesday.

The child was in an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club program when he fell from the Thunder Bowl lift just after Tower 1. Hanle said the boy was riding the lift with another child around 2 or 2:30 p.m.

“From what we know, there were no issues with the load, and the riders were in the chair out of” the loading area, he said.

Ski patrollers responded to aid the boy and get him to the hospital.