A 47-year-old skier was seriously injured at the Zadov ski centre in Šumava on Saturday when he hit a column hoisting snowmaking machinery. The accident took place on a downhill run known as ‘Kobyla’; the man suffered injury to his spine and five broken ribs and had to be sedated because of the pain as he was brought down the hill and taken to hospital. He remains in intensive care. A spokeswoman for the Czech Mountain Rescue Service said that the column had been properly covered by safety material but that the skier, because of his speed, had torn straight through it. Another member of the Mountain Rescue Service said the accident would never have happened if the skier had respected safety rules.