Killington ski patrol rescues young skier dangling from the lift

Killington ski patrol rescues young skier dangling from the lift

Of the many situations skiers dread finding themselves in, dangling helplessly from a ski lift is high on the list. Unfortunately for one young skier at Killington Resort, that was the reality this past weekend. Luckily, the hard working members of the Killington ski patrol rallied to get the kid down, utilizing a pully system to hoist a patroller up to the chair, where he then lifted the youngster back up into his seat. Let that be a lesson, next time you see a patroller at your local resort, give ’em a high five, you never know when you might need some help out there.

Editor’s Note: Killington Resort has released the following statement regarding the incident:

On Saturday November 22, Killington Ski Patrol and Lift Operations staff responded to a skier slipping out of a chair between tower 2 and tower 3 on the Snowdon Quad chairlift. Ski Patrol, along with Lift Operations staff, successfully hoisted a rescuer to the chair and returned the child to the lift chair seat.

“Although we don’t like to see these types of incidents occur, we are pleased that this rescue ended swiftly and successfully, and according to our protocols,” says Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “Because our staff train consistently on chairlift evacuation procedures, they were well prepared to respond.”

Killington’s mountain operations team trains monthly on proper procedures for lift evacuations under a variety of circumstances.

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