While her ex-husband basks in the glow of his recent engagement, Heather Mills is recuperating in Austria after slamming into a steel-hard plastic pole while racing down the Alpine slopes.

The former model and prosthetic leg user sustained a fractured right shoulder blade in the accident and was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in the southern city of Lienz, a hospital spokesman said.

Local broadcaster ORF spoke to Mills, who said she crashed into a plastic pole that had apparently turned rock-hard because of the cold conditions.