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Woman seriously injured after 30 metre fall at Canterbury ski field

Annie Walden, 26, fell more than 30 metres from a cliff at Mt Olympus Ski Area in Canterbury on Tuesday (file photo).

A woman is lucky to be alive after hitting her head as she fell off a cliff at a Canterbury ski field.

Annie Walden fell up to 30 metres from a sheer rock face at Mt Olympus Ski Area shortly after 4pm on Tuesday.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter paramedic Rick Knight said Walden suffered serious injuries.

"A 26-year-old British lady slipped off the edge of the cliff and fell approx (sic) 20 metres to 30m down a sheer rock face, striking her head on the way down," Knight said.

"She suffered a large scalp laceration and a fractured pelvis."

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He said Walden's boyfriend witnessed the fall and helped her off the slope, with assistance from Mt Olympus staff, to meet the rescue helicopter.

"She was stabilised and then flown to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition," Knight said.

In a message posted on the ski field's Facebook page, Jamie Adams said Walden was "in great spirits".

"I cannot express my gratitude enough to all those up Mt Olympus yesterday who helped with Annie['s] crash," Adams said.

Alongside a fractured pelvis, Adams said Walden had "a little fracture in her spine".

It was unknown if she would need any surgery, Adams said.

"She is a very lucky girl."

Adams praised staff and rescuers for their speedy response.

"You guys and girls were straight there, with her off the field in under an hour," he said.

As for Walden's attitude following the crash?

"She can't wait to get back to Mt Olympus."

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