Skier Struggle

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In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation, a skier at Colorado’s ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning. The January 1 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier, 48, and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift’s fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding. As seen in the photo, the Skyline Express lift was stopped shortly after the pair’s botched boarding resulted in the man dangling from the lift. The exposed skier was stuck for about 15 minutes before Vail personnel backed the lift up and successfully dislodged the unidentified man from the four-seat chair. In a statement released this afternoon, Vail Resorts, which operates the ski area, reported that the skier was not injured after being “suspended for approximately seven minutes.” The press release did not explain how the mishap occurred, only that “the man was caught on the chair.”

One Response to “Skier Struggle”

  1. I felt pretty embarrassed for this guy. One time when I was little I fell off a swing, it caught my pants and I ended up like this for about two seconds before I got loose and pulled up my pants. Needless-to-say, at the tender age of 5, I knew what true mortification felt like. Now that was a school play ground and there were no news groups photographing the event. . .

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