Daredevil rescue of skier dangling dangerously from lift

Denver Post:

A man who got tangled in an Arapahoe Basin chairlift Wednesday morning and was hanging unconscious from his neck was cut down by a professional slackliner who climbed up a lift tower, slid approximately 30 feet across the lift’s cable and cut him free with a knife tossed from ski patrollers.

Follow the link, watch the video. Best watched in full-screen. This is a remarkable save. You can see the knife tossed up to the climber after he was unsuccessful in kicking the hanging skier free. Incredible.

  • Rob

    The rescuer is from my home town: Durango, CO. Big news here in the local paper. The fellow he rescued was released from the hospital in Denver yesterday. Both stories are very riveting.

    I’ve been a skier for 51 years. In the past year, I’ve seen more folks snagged by the lift on their packs. Most fall away as their pack goes around the bull wheel and stops the lift (there is a safety gate about half way around the wheel that stops the lift when hit). A few, like this gentleman, are not so lucky.

    It turned out well.

  • GlennC777

    That’s one lucky guy. Assuming of course that he does recover fully.

    We (wife, kids and I) once participated as volunteers in a ski-lift rescue exercise. We were “rescued” from a gondola hanging fifty or so feet above the terrain, lowered by rope to the ground. It was interesting to see and fairly impressive.