Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Man Hangs Half-Naked from Vail Chairlift

VAIL - A 48-year-old man was caught on a chairlift in an unenviable position after loading last week.

He fell through part of the chair, and was hanging upside down with his pants down.

A spokesperson for Vail Mountain says lift operators immediately stopped the lift and got him down within seven minutes.

The ski patrol was called to the scene. Lift mechanics reversed the lift about 10 or 12 feet and rescued the man.

He was not injured. The man does not live in the Denver area.

For more on this story, including uncensored pictures click here.

A spokeswoman for the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board says the agency considers the matter a loading incident, not a mechanical failure. If it was a mechanical problem, the agency would have gotten a report.

Vail Resorts is not required to report these types of incidents, just log them.

The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board is part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies that oversees all public tramways in the state, including all chairlifts and gondolas.

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1 comment:

obsessiveskier said...

KUSA - The skier who ended up half naked after a mishap on a ski lift in Vail received an apology Thursday.

The apology did not come from the ski resort, but from the company that employs the man who took the photos that have been seen all over the nation.

"Sharpshooter Imaging" suspended Marty Odom and said he breached company policy by releasing the photos he took while on duty.

As for Odom, he told our partners at the Denver Post he feels the shots were worth it and calls the photos his best work of the season.
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