The footage of the fixed grip chairlift rollback at Gudauri Ski Resort situated in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia is nothing short of terrifying and its extremely fortunate that of the 11 injured, no one was seriously injured and no one died.
“Among the injured are Swedish and Ukrainian citizens. Only two cases need to be monitored. One of the injured, a Ukrainian citizen, broke his hand during the incident, and has a small head injury, while a Swedish citizen is pregnant and feels pain in her waist.” –Georgian health minister David Sergeenko
Georgia’s Ministry of Economy has formally requested representatives from the chairlift manufacturer Doppelmayr Garaventa Group to send experts to clarify the reasons for the malfunction:
In the below videos you can see skiers actually bailing out before hitting the bullwheel at the bottom:
images from http://agenda.ge