or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Man climbs lift tower to save skier in CO
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Man climbs lift tower to save skier in CO

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Ran across this impressive story this morning. I can't find out where exactly it happened but it appears to be legitimate.

post #2 of 26

There is a video clip of the incident here, said to have happened in Utah.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38516109

post #3 of 26


​Appears to be B.S.  Sundance, Utah.  Nobody climbed the tower.  See video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4088608/Boy-skier-s-dramatic-rescue-getting-backpack-stuck-chairlift.html

post #4 of 26

I'm going to say they are different events.

post #5 of 26
post #6 of 26

WOW.  Great job Mr. Wilson. Thumbs Up

post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by deadslow View Post
 

I believe it 's from here:

 

 

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/05/arapahoe-basin-chairlift-rescue/

 

Looks like that's it. Thanks for finding a link. 

post #8 of 26

Weird that this happened twice in three days. I've never heard of such an incident before Monday. I guess backpacks will be banned pretty soon.

post #9 of 26


OR, you could put the safety bar down.

post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikerfish View Post
 


OR, you could put the safety bar down.

It really is hard to get off the lift with that comfort bar in the way.  ;-)

post #11 of 26

Just read the other report, guess he was unloading, so bar was up. weird that the lift didn't/wasn't stopped at the bullwheel, most lifts have a safety switch there. Last year at 7 springs in PA, I watched them unload a small child that road around the bullwheel, the safety switch bar was just a hair too low for her to trip with her feet.

seems to be a lot of lift incidents this year. Maybe too many people texting/ etc instead of paying attention to the matter at hand.

post #12 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cgrandy View Post
 

It really is hard to get off the lift with that comfort bar in the way.  ;-)


​At least it has footrests!!! I love footrests!

post #13 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikerfish View Post
 

Just read the other report, guess he was unloading, so bar was up. weird that the lift didn't/wasn't stopped at the bullwheel, most lifts have a safety switch there. Last year at 7 springs in PA, I watched them unload a small child that road around the bullwheel, the safety switch bar was just a hair too low for her to trip with her feet.

seems to be a lot of lift incidents this year. Maybe too many people texting/ etc instead of paying attention to the matter at hand.

 

One of the reports on a backpack getting caught mentioned that they were sitting to the far side away from the bullwheel, and when they got swung around they went further outside and around the safety switch.

post #14 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 

 

One of the reports on a backpack getting caught mentioned that they were sitting to the far side away from the bullwheel, and when they got swung around they went further outside and around the safety switch.


​I can see that happening. very unfortunate. I think the lift attendant would be responsible here, If that was indeed the case.

post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikerfish View Post


​I can see that happening. very unfortunate. I think the lift attendant would be responsible here, If that was indeed the case.

 

I don't know about responsibility... it could happen very quickly. The skier starts to stand and move away, gets caught whips around the bullwheel suddenly. 

post #16 of 26

What is so incredible about this is the professional slack liner being behind him in the chair, climbing the lift tower and shimming down the haul line to cut the guy loose.

post #17 of 26

Glad to hear everything worked out well.

 

People need to remember the sign that say's, no loose or hanging items on the chair. I make sure my back pack is tight and the lower straps fastened around my waist and any other straps are tied up short and not hanging. I normally only have it for the first lift ride which gets us to the mid mountain lodge where I leave on  ski rack. It has my lunch in it.

post #18 of 26

Al was on GMA this morning emphatically stating "Do not ride the chair with your backpack on your back. Remove it and carry it in your lap."

post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by UllrIsLord View Post
 

Weird that this happened twice in three days. I've never heard of such an incident before Monday. I guess backpacks will be banned pretty soon.

 

Unfortunately it wouldn't shock me.  This was just incredible on so many levels.  I am in awe of how quickly his friend reacted and saved his life.  Kudos to Mickey Wilson and the A Basin ski patrol.

 

It seems by the early on posts there was some confusion.  Denver's Newschannel 7 showed video from this incident, the Sundance incident, and Al.  Agree @H2OnSnow  Al was pretty emphatic.

post #20 of 26

I hate the feeling of a backpack on a chairlift.  Even with minimal thickness (just probe & shovel) I don't have enough butt grip.   When I patrolled, I had a fanny pack that I would spin around to the front while on the chair.

 

So Al Roker is giving out ski advice these days?  Seems legit......isn't he on Today, not GMA?

 

post #21 of 26

 Not the weather guy ...  just in case ... Al as in Alan Henceroth the COO of A Basin.

post #22 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by H2OnSnow View Post
 

Al was on GMA this morning emphatically stating "Do not ride the chair with your backpack on your back. Remove it and carry it in your lap."


I sure hope the ski areas don't start requiring backpack removal.  I've skied all over and Silver Star is the only ski area I have been to that has required backpack removal to date.  It's a big pain and I'd suggest that the risk is very minimal given their widespread use and low incident numbers. 

 

I usually ski with a small backpack and I fit just fine.  I'm all for letting people choose what is best for them.  If others want to remove their pack that's fine but don't force others to do so.

post #23 of 26
I would be happy to see a rule that made backpacks be removed and held in the lap on lifts. Many times I've felt that I have been unable to get my back and butt squarely on the seat because of a sideways sitting backpack wearer. For some reason a lot of snowboarders seem to wear huge packs at Snowbowl. I have even stepped back from the new six pack chair a few times for fear of not having enough room to feel secure.
post #24 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike78 View Post
 

 Not the weather guy ...  just in case ... Al as in Alan Henceroth the COO of A Basin.

Well, Al Roker did comment on the story, just not the backpack ban part.

post #25 of 26

Just bought a backpack for my trip to Banff, have never wanted to use one before but now after seeing this, I'll def be more cautious! 

post #26 of 26

Was out of the sport for 20 years, so what happened to fanny packs?  They were great for carrying stuff with you for the day and when it came to loading on a lift, you just spun them around.  Also, they tended to enforce not wearing backpacks on the lifts back then.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Man climbs lift tower to save skier in CO