GoPro footage of skiers rescued from stranded gondola
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 1:15 PM - Several would-be skiers at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia found themselves stuck in mid air for several hours Sunday.
An electrical problem stranded around 75 in their gondola, forcing rescue crews to evacuate some of them by helicopter.
"They dropped the rescue down on top of our gondolas and he put us in parachute-type things, hooked us to the rope and off we went out the door up in the air," 16-year-old Kody Lapointe told the CBC over email.
Lapoine and his father, Manny, captured their rescue on GoPro:
Resort spokesman Matt Mosteller told the CBC the outage was due to a malfunctioning transformer around 3 p.m. Sunday, and the malfunction was such that all restart safety mechanisms were offline as well. That prompted resort staff to evacuate the guests.
"That's a very highly skilled routine. You can't just do that overnight. You've got to practise like crazy to make sure it's done right," Mosteller said.
A longer, though more comfortable, ordeal occurred to hundreds of skiers in mid-December.
Strong winds of more than 100 km/h made gondola travel too dangerous at Grouse Mountain one Saturday, forcing 300 people to spend the night atop the mountain. Luckily, those who were stranded were taken care of by mountain staff while they waited for conditions to improve.
SOURCE: CBC News