Two skiers in Canada got the ride of a lifetime when their gondola broke down on Sunday, forcing them to be airlifted to safety by a helicopter. They caught the whole thing on video.
Kody Lapointe, 16, was skiing at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia with his father, Manny, when an electrical failure shut down the Golden Eagle Express gondola at approximately 3 p.m.
With the gondola at a standstill and approximately 75 skiers and snowboarders stuck dangling above the mountain, rescue crews sprang into action to get the stranded riders to safety.
“They dropped the rescuer down on top of our gondola and he put us in parachute-type things, hooked us to the rope and off we went out the door up in the air,” Lapointe told the Canadian Broadcasting Channel over email.
“We would like to thank the rescuers for their amazing efforts and their efficiency in getting us, as well as everyone else, to safety as quickly as possible.”
According to officials, while lift operators took all necessary preparations for any electrical failures, a blown transformer knocked out the gondola’s restart mechanism, making the rescue efforts necessary.
On Facebook, the resort thanked the rescue professionals and expressed their happiness that nobody was hurt.
“Further to an electrical issue, the Golden Eagle Express Gondola was manually evacuated yesterday evening. With everyone safe, warm and fed, we apologize to each of you involved for the inconvenience,” the resort wrote.
“We are thankful that everyone is safe and credit to the talented team of professionals; Kicking Horse Mountain Resort teams, Golden and District Search and Rescue & Canadian Ski Patrol.”
The gondola remained closed for all of Sunday and Monday, but according to the resort’s website, is now back up and running.
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