Children Falling off Chairlifts
Minturn, CO – I was reading in the Vail Daily a couple days ago about a 5-year-old boy who fell off the Avanti lift at Vail on Saturday January 15th. The young skier fell from 20-30 feet and was released from the hospital that evening. When I went to Google to find out more about the story, I found other stories about children falling from lifts, but could not find more about the original story I was looking for.
Is this a common problem, and if so how do we prevent this? When I was a child I donâ€™t remember people falling off lifts and we didnâ€™t have high speed quad or safety bars. It is scary how many YouTube clips there are of people falling off lifts. On January 10, 2011 an eight year old boy was caught by ski patrollers as he was dangling from a lift at Snowmass, the Patrollers used a safety pad to catch the boy.
This past Tuesday a young skier fell off a lift in Park City Utah at Deer Valley, the boy fell 20 to 30 feet. On December 30th a boy fell off a chair lift at Snow King Resort in Jackson Wyoming, are the number of incidents higher due to more skiers on the hill or is caused by something else? In two of the cases the children were with their ski instructors, I donâ€™t know about you but perhaps the instructors need to teach the kids how to stay of the lift properly and general safety related to skiing and snowboarding.
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