Strong winds caused a power surge that shutdown the Jasper SkyTram leaving 160 people stranded at the top of Whistlers Mountain in Alberta. The CBC reports most of the visitors where shuttled down by helicopter but 50 (including 10 staff member) stayed overnight on top.
Parks Canada rangers helped coordinate the duel Peregrine helicopters used to rescue the 110 people from the 2,227-meter summit but evacuation was cut off 11pm. Blankets, pillows, and extra food were brought up by the helicopters to ensure the remaining guests would have a comfortable night.
SkyTram general manager Todd Noble, was also brought up to spend the night along side the guests and remaining staff in the restaurant at the summit.
“You had people in one part of the room that were sharing stories with one another and who stayed up most of the night just chatting … you had other people that were getting a few hours of shut-eye. This is not an experience these people will forget and I think a lot of them are going to have some great stories.” -Brian Rode
The evacuation resumed at 6:30 a.m with the last evacuees touching down at 10:30 a.m. Reports are there mostly smiles on the faces. Hell of a story. Cheers.