Christmas day, over one hundred skiers were stranded on a ski lift after high winds caused the lift to malfunction. Fortunately no one was injured. It just takes six minutes to go up on the Sun Mountain Escape lift at Bromley Mountain in Vermont, but high winds caused them to be stranded for hours. One hundred fifteen skiers were left sitting on a ski lift in below-freezing temperatures. Apparently there was burst of wind that swung empty chairs and a messenger cable together. The cable then snagged a grip on the empty chair derailing it and halted the lift.

Skiers who were stranded on the chairs had to be brought down by rope one at a time. It appeared that everyone was in good spirits and no one was injured. It took two hours and twenty minutes for all to be brought down. Wind gusts made it more difficult to rescue the stranded ski lift riders.

The Sun Mountain Express ski lift still remains closed for maintenance. Bromley is open for skiing.