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180 People Rescued From Chairlift @ Catedral Alta Patagonia


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#1 CH3skier

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

That doesn't look good and it is a fixed grip lift.

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A few hours after the official opening of the 2014 ski season 180 skiers and snowboarders had to be rescued from a crippled chairlift at the Argentinian ski resort of Catedral Alta Patagonia. A mechanical failure, that caused a number of chairlifts to loosen and smash into one another, has been blamed for the incident. Luckily no injuries have been reported.
The press officer of Catedral Alta Patagonia, Paula Gómez said that “it was just a technical malfunction that is common, and people who were in four chairs by a vertical rescue were evacuated. ”
This is not the first time Catedral Alta Patagonia has had a chairlift accident. Around this time last year a chairlift derailed causing injuries to eight guests.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:53 AM

View PostCH3skier, on 07 July 2014 - 10:38 AM, said:

The press officer of Catedral Alta Patagonia, Paula Gómez said that “it was just a technical malfunction that is common, and people who were in four chairs by a vertical rescue were evacuated. ”


Atleast it's a common malfunction, and nothing more alarming.

What a statement to make by the ski resort themselves.
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:24 AM

No kidding... Very bad PR there..
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:26 PM

Yikes! I'm pretty sure with proper maintenance and inspection, that's not common. That looks a lot like what happened in the Quicksilver accident.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:20 PM

There's a picture on this forum somewhere of the exact same lift in the same situation.
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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:28 AM

Bad/lazy maintenance?

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:42 PM

There is a video posted on transworld snowboarding about a similar incident at the same area. probably the same lift. Here is a link:
http://snowboarding....chairlift-fail/
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:22 PM

Funny how the rope catchers do not reach out and catch the rope when the carriers and rope become a sail.
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:32 PM

View Postskiersage, on 31 July 2014 - 01:42 PM, said:

There is a video posted on transworld snowboarding about a similar incident at the same area. probably the same lift. Here is a link:
http://snowboarding....chairlift-fail/


Chairs stacking up because of loose grips and wind causing deropement are NOT similar.

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Anything is possible when you don't understand what you are talking about.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:37 PM

View Postskierdude9450, on 08 July 2014 - 09:26 PM, said:

Yikes! I'm pretty sure with proper maintenance and inspection, that's not common. That looks a lot like what happened in the Quicksilver accident.


I am going to come right out and say I object to the comment linking the 1995 quicksilver accident at Whistler to the Patagonia type of accident. The investigation of the Quicksilver accident reveiled engineering design defects in the YAN grip and it reveiled various maintenance problems derived from the engineered design of the grip. I am not going to go into specifics about the Quicksilver accident. I did read the investigation reports when they came out. The Quicksilver accident reports did not suggest in any way that Whistler left the grips lose by accident or through failure to tighten grip parts to manufacturers specs at the beginning of the season. . I dislike the implied suggestion in skierdude9450's comment that the 1995 Quicksilver accident was in any way close to being similar to the Patagonia incident. The guilty parties from 1995 have already been punished. if you want to comment or compare accidents that were 20 years apart, get the facts straight first.





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