|Just saw this article on the net. Any bears familiar with this French resort know how this could have happened?
It shoudn't !
It has been quite discussed in french media, as it echoed a famous scene of a french comedy, widely popular here, Les bronzés font du ski
According to these (french) sources :http://fr.news.yahoo.com/050327/202/4c318.htmlhttp://www.skipass.com/forums/enmont...jet-48578.html
The management of the Arcs 's lift system has acknowledged a lack of vigilance of the employees in charge of the lifts.
It looks like it was the 'Mont Blanc' chair lift, which travel mostly over trees and ungroomed terrain (to far for someone to hear them shout), and without up to date automatic security system. On such a lift, the usual closing procedure is that the guy at the bottom of the lift phones to the upper guy the number of the last chair to leave as he closes the gates. The lift is stopped whan that chair arrives on the top of the lift. One of them seems to have got the number wrong, according to a TV report : last chait was 80 and the 2 skiers were on 90.
Now, none of them apparently intend to sue the resort, as if they were not totaly clean... It has been suggested they may have forced their way through the closed gates (that's easy on such a chair lift) to have a last run, as the liftie was not looking. So it's maybe a combination of reckless behavior and negligence.
The Police (actualy, the Gendarmerie
) is currently investigating the case.