Search is on for BASE jumper who leaped from Whistler Mountain gondola
Senior Digital Editor
Friday, February 14, 2014, 7:31 PM -
A thrill-seeker who damaged a Whistler Mountain gondola to the tune of $10,000 is being sought by police after posted the video of his terrifying BASE jump on YouTube.
One arrest has already been made in the case after the woman shown in the video was tracked down by RCMP and arrested in her office. In the video, which was filmed on Feb. 6, 2014, she can be seen holding the door open while her companion prepares to leap out.
She faces mischief and obstruction charges.
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"Alright, are you ready to do this?" the BASE jumper asked (2:30 seconds in the video above) before continuing with a 3...2...1 countdown and leap from the open gondola.
The unidentified man then references extreme skier and BASE jumper Shane McConkey, who died in 2009 after a jumping accident in Italy. Before his death, McConkey completed the same Whistler gondola stunt shown above, but with the approval of Whistler authorities and the help of RedBull.
BASE jumping is the act of throwing oneself off a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or gondola and parachuting to the ground.
The damaged gondola was taken off the rotation of lifts and caused delays to the ski resort operations as police searched for the suspect.
"Whistler Blackcomb takes tampering a lift system very seriously and is working with the RCMP to press charges and recoup damages to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola," the statement reads.