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4 Injured, 2 Critical Following Chairlift Failure @ Crystal Mountain, B.C.


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Four people were injured, two of them critically, when an empty chair hit a ski tower and fell about 20 feet at a Canadian ski resort Saturday. The swinging chair caused occupied chairs in front of and behind it to fall to the ground about 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) at Crystal Mountain near Kelowna in British Columbia, authorities said.

The injured weren’t immediately identified, but Mike Morin, the resort’s general manager, told the CBC that they were three men and a woman 18 and 35 years old.

  • Eric

    Likely a result of lack of maintenance. Been wrenching on ski lifts for 12 yrs and these stories almost always come from places who don’t like to spend any money on their maintenance programs.

  • Robin

    On a relevant note…
    What would YOU do? I think most of us have briefly thought of that scenario at some point while we on a chair… I think I’d definitely get my board up. If a chair hooked a tower, and I thought I had 30 seconds, unstrap my board and drop it.. and tuck into the chair. I think the odds are better if you try to ride it out.. lol. If you bailed, and the chair came down, you might not be in the best spot. I’ve been on the chair twice when a chair cable a few towers up got loose and the ride was not something I want to do again. (That was at a little hill I once called home, Sierra Summit.) So.. what would YOU do?

    • Eric

      Riding it out is most likely your best option, unless like in this case the span that derails actually hits the ground, in which case your probably screwed no matter what you do.

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