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A group of approximately 115 skiers were evacuated from a chairlift at Bromley Mountain in Vermont this past Christmas Day after strong winds blew one unoccupied chair into a “messenger cable,” ultimately causing the stoppage.
From there, Ski Patrol responded quickly and began to perform rope rescues, one person at a time. Belaying each skier/rider took roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes and spirits were relatively high according to the Burlington Free Press report. No injuries were reported in the incident and the ski area’s general manager said the high winds took them by surprise. Forecasts earlier that day said nothing about gusts that could ultimately measure 50+ mph.
Find the entire Burlington Free Press article here: Christmas Day gust leaves 115 skiers hanging at Bromley Mountain