Originally Posted by oneoftheoneseffected
You are right you can't make that stuff up but it was certainly not funny to anyone in his family who were either (literally) hanging onto the back of the chair or watching from the ground where they had successfully jumped from the lift because the seats weren't down. One did a face plant. The ski lift operators were not paying attention and if took way too long for them to respond to the situation. They were able to get back on the ski lift only to be brought down in a ski mobile because of possible neck injuries to one of the ones that did a face plant hitting their head. Luckily a helmet was on. These people are not amateurs. Been skiing a long time. When this skiier tried to jump his pant leg caught. Not funny!
You were there? The faceplant was part of the lift incident or something that happened while skiing?
The photo is funny. People are laughing at the photo, not the skier(many at least). That could have happened to any one of us if we were presented with the same situation and fell through the chair.
I am sure it was not funny for the skier and was quite embarrasing. It's hard not to feel embarassed for the guy --hanging there upside down, helpless, displaying your goods for the whole mountain, in freezing weather. Still, it's somehing so unusual that you cant help but crack up looking at it.
As nobody was there to wittness the event, its hard to say exactly what took place, but from the image it appears the seat was never put down and the skier fell through and snagged his pants. If thats the case, then its definately lift operator error and Vail likely has a problem with a potential lawsuit if the guy goes ahead. I don't think that would happen, however. Vail will probably bend over backwards do everyhing to make things "right" -- free lodging, tickets, and some payout cash perhaps.