140 skiers and boarders evacuated from chairlift in dramatic rescue

Whitefish, Montana. Stock image.

If you’re scared of heights you might want to look away as 140 people were rescued from a chairlift hanging over a cliff at Whitefish, Montana yesterday.

A mechanical problem stopped the chairlift around midday and the entire evacuation took over two and a half hours to complete.

Local Whitefish resident, Billy Marcial caught the tricky evacuation on film as some boarders and skiers were forced to lower down over a cliff due to the position of the chair. The evacuation is impressive stuff from a clearly experienced ski patrol. 

If you’ve been to Whitefish you know two things, the skiing is off the charts good and the temperature is super cold bad. Resort guests stuck on the chair were given blankets and hand warmers and hot drinks during the rescue.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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