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Two More Rope Evacuations -- 6 in 6 days

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#1 Peter

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 08:11 PM

Crabbe Mountain, New Brunswick


113 skiers rescued after chair lift stalls in N.B.

Date: Thursday Dec. 30, 2010 10:04 PM ET

A chair lift at a New Brunswick ski resort experienced a mechanical failure Tuesday, but there were no injuries as crews rescued 113 stranded people.

Jason Crawford, the general manager at Crabbe Mountain in Millville, said it took about two hours to bring all the skiers safely to the ground.

"It went smoothly," he told CTV.ca by phone Thursday night.

The resort is investigating what went wrong with the chair lift, but Crawford believes there was a malfunction in the drive station's gear box -- "the equivalent of the transmission in your car," he said.

The resort will decide Friday morning whether to re-open the chair lift, or instead rely on a T-bar lift.

The lift is a 1987 Doppelmayr quad.

Treetops Resort, Michigan


Ski lift exercise turns into rescue
Herald Times
1:11 p.m. EST, December 30, 2010

DOVER TOWNSHIP — All are safe on the ground after a chairlift at Treetops Resort stalled Wednesday evening, forcing the evacuation of about a hundred skiers and snowboarders by rope chair.

Kevin McKinley, director of golf and ski at Treetops Resort, said Lift 3 was almost completely full but was never in any danger of falling. He speculates a gearbox malfunction was the likely cause of the stall and said the first course of action Wednesday was to determine whether it could be immediately fixed or if an evacuation was necessary.

According to Otsego County EMS/Rescue director Jon Deming, his department had just rehearsed their “roping” evacuation technique with the Otsego Club Ski Patrol Wednesday morning. Two Otsego Club Ski Patrol teams of four members each were called to Treetops to assist their ski patrol, OCEMS/Rescue and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department in the evacuation.

“Kudos to the guys who let these ski resorts work together,” Deming said. “This is something that could happen at any resort.”

During the evacuation, four rescue teams used rope launchers to fire a line over the lift cable, then secured a bosun’s chair — much like a window washer uses — and a pulley to the line. People were evacuated from the lift chairs one person at a time from four chairs simultaneously, and the whole process took about an hour and a half. Most kept their skis and snowboards on, since dropping them could pose a risk to people on the ground.

“It was a huge team effort to get everyone off the chairlift and do it safely,” McKinley said Thursday. “Special thanks should be given to the Otsego Club Ski Patrol, OCEMS and the sheriff’s department.”

Deming said the situation would’ve been much more difficult, with a greater risk of hypothermia, had there been precipitation, wind or colder temperatures.

McKinley and Deming said people were understanding of the situation and cooperative with rescuers. Free lift passes are available to those who were stranded.

All lifts must be inspected before they are opened for the season. McKinley said stalls are not uncommon.

The incident came one day after a lift derailed at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine, injuring at least eight people and stranding dozens more on chairs rocking in gusts up to 40 mph. The resort is operated by Boyne Resorts, according to the Associated Press.

This lift is a 1984 CTEC triple.

These are the 5th and 6th rope evacuations in 6 days:
December 25th – Mission Ridge
December 28th – Sugarloaf
December 29th – Spirit Mountain, Treetops Resort
December 30th – Crabbe Mountain, Whiteface
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#2 skierdude9450

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:19 PM

Don't forget Brighton, that makes 8 in 8 days... :ohmy:

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:28 PM

View Postskierdude9450, on 01 January 2011 - 09:19 PM, said:

Don't forget Brighton, that makes 8 in 8 days... :ohmy:

Actually those two you're thinking of were at Solitude, the Eagle and Sunrise chairs if I remember correctly. Brighton had the same power outage but to my knowledge didn't have to rope evac anyone, and was able to unload the lifts in a more conventional fashion.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 12:25 PM

Oh yeah that's what I meant. :oops:

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#5 floridaskier

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 07:56 PM

One more - Alpine Valley, Ohio

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 08:35 PM

View Postfloridaskier, on 15 January 2011 - 07:56 PM, said:

One more - Alpine Valley, Ohio


Video showing the evac

#7 vonroll101

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

Who was the Manufacture?

#8 Kicking Horse

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 03:47 PM

This is not a good year is it?

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