December 17, 2009 was not a good day for riding chairlifts. Earlier we found ourselvesÂ transfixed by Sean Tedore’s live ustream feed (above) of a chair mishap at Alpental ski area in Washington. That is until his phone battery died. Luckily, no one was injured when chair two “stopped working.” Tedore, who was riding with Shawn McKay at the time, had to be repelled down the hill after spending two or so hours on Alpental’s lift 2. “Either a chair fell off or the fly wheel broke, I couldn’t really tell,” Shaun said, not that helpfully.
Later on Thursday, halfway across the country, a chairlift at Devil’s Head Resort in Wisconsin also broke. This time, it was not as funny (nor was it live streamed, to our knowledge.) At least 3 people were seriously injured when “the chair lift stopped, and then started going backward, and lift operators were unable to stop it immediately.” Not sure if you’ve seen the video of what happens when chairs go backwards (below), but let’s just say, we’re glad only 12 injuries were reported. Rumorator’s onscene photos here and even More details here
Since bad things happen in three, looks like we’ll be on a strictly urban/hiking/pipe jocking/sitting on the couch mission until another lift goes down and it’s safe to hit the slopes again. Crap.
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