The ultimate ski lift FAIL

Pax Arcana

I saw a lot of crazy shit during my years as a ski bum in Colorado. I saw gapers clad in jeans and Chiefs jackets slam into each other. I saw people give themselves concussions at 3 miles an hour. I saw people clothesline themselves on trail marking ropes.

One thing I never saw, however, was someone dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift.


The Smoking Gun, which brought the above photo to our attention, describes the scene in the following completely incomprehensible manner:

The January 1 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier, 48, and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift’s fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding.

The good news is that testicular hypothermia only kills a handful of people each year, so the man will probably survive. The bad news is your weiner gets really small when it’s cold out. Did you guys know that?

Skier Suffers Exposure [The Smoking Gun]


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