Broken Down Chair Lift Leaves Dozens Dangling for Hours at NY Ski Resort! Rescue Video
Go skiing they said! It will be fun they said!
Cars were packed with skis and snowboards as thousands of people decided to hit the slopes around New York and the Northeast over the weekend. Bromley Mountain in Vermont, Butternut in Great Barrington. If you chose Song Mountain in Tully, New York you might have gotten "hung up" at the chair lift. Literally.
Song Mountain in Tully is considered one of Upstate New York’s most characteristic mountains. One characteristic customers could have done without this past weekend was the malfunctioning chair lift.
According to Syracuse.com, Song Mountain's chair lift abruptly stopped working Sunday afternoon leaving skiers and snowboarders, moms, dads and kids literally up in the air for hours. 25 feet high at 25 degrees!
LocalSYR.com reports that it took as much as 2 hours for firefighters and ski patrol personnel to rescue people from the broken lift. Personnel used ropes and harnesses, eventually getting everyone to safety by 5 p.m.
We had an issue with one of the chairlifts, and we evacuated everyone off safely, and the ski patrol did a great job, and everyone is down and safe, and a little chilly but were happy that it all worked exactly to plan. - Peter Harris, owner of Song Mountain
In the end it is estimated that at least 100 skiers and snowboarders were stranded in frigid temperatures for around 2 hours. There were no reported physical injuries.