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Tuesday, January 06, 2009 

Bummer! - Skier Suffers Exposure







JANUARY 6--In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation, a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning. The January 1 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier, 48, and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail's Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift's fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding. As seen in the photos on the following pages (which were snapped by fellow skiers), the Skyline Express lift was stopped shortly after the pair's botched boarding resulted in the man dangling from the lift. The exposed skier was stuck for about 15 minutes before Vail personnel backed the lift up and successfully dislodged the unidentified man from the four-seat chair. In a statement released this afternoon, Vail Resorts, which operates the ski area, reported that the skier was not injured after being "suspended for approximately seven minutes." The press release did not explain how the mishap occurred, only that "the man was caught on the chair."

Article and photos courtesy Smoking Gun ...

Ok, I think we have seen enough.

Now that's a disturbing story!

Now that would be em-bare-ass-ing.

huffb1 ... this fellow will be rich after he sues the ski resort for unsafe equipment, pain and suffering as well as trauma and embarrassment.

Stay off the ski slopes ... be thankful that we live on the flat bald prairie!!

"this fellow will be rich after he sues the ski resort for unsafe equipment, pain and suffering as well as trauma and embarrassment."

Yeah, this incident happened in the states, so yeah I'm sure if he sues he can get a lot of money.

"Stay off the ski slopes ... be thankful that we live on the flat bald prairie!!"

haha, thanks for the advice, But I down hill ski so that's not gonna stop me from Skiing!

Cheers, have a good day.

I think I'll stick to Cross Country after seeing this. LOL

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