A Montana ski resort says it has safely evacuated 140 people from a chairlift after a mechanical problem prompted operators to stop the lift.
The Flathead Beacon reports it took 2½ hours to remove everyone from Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Chair 5 on Saturday.
The resort said in a statement: ‘At approximately 12:15pm, the East Rim/Chair 5 lift at Whitefish Mountain Resort was stopped due to an issue will the chairlift’s bullwheel liner.’
The ski patrol carried out the evacuation that was captured on video shared by Whitefish resident Billy Marcial.
A Montana ski resort safely evacuated 140 people from a chairlift after a mechanical problem prompted operators to stop the lift
Resort officials say temperatures were in the high teens and winds were blowing at about 10mph at the time
The resort says no one was injured during the incident
‘Lift Maintenance teams responded immediately to repair the lift and get the passengers unloaded… Ski Patrol also responded immediately to communicate to passengers and get in position for a possible lift evacuation,’ the resort statement said.
Resort officials say they decided to evacuate the passengers because of the time the repairs would require.
Some of people were lowered from the lift with cables and harnesses. Resort officials say temperatures were in the high teens and winds were blowing at about 10mph at the time.
The resort says no one was injured.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at the Whitefish Mountain Resort (pictured)
It took 2½ hours to remove everyone from Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Chair 5 (pictured) on Saturday
‘Because the repair was not expected to be timely and for the comfort and safety of our guests we decided to evacuate the lift.
‘Ski patrol teams began the process of getting the passengers safely to the ground at approximately 1:00pm. We were in constant communication with the passengers and kept them informed on the issues and evacuation process.
‘We brought hand warmers, blankets and warm drinks. At the time of the incident, temperatures were in the high teens winds were at 10 miles per hour with occasional gusts.
‘The last passenger was evacuated at 3:37pm and there were no injuries,’ the statement further said.