Hundreds of people evacuated after mechanical breakdown of Deer Valley ski lifts
PARK CITY, Utah – A mechanical problem forced a ski lift at the Deer Valley resort to be evacuated on Friday, forcing teams to bring down hundreds of skiers one by one.
WATCH: Ski lift evacuated in Deer Valley after mechanical failure
According to station officials, the Carpenter Express chairlift experienced a “mechanical failure” at 2:38 p.m.
Evacuation procedures were put in place half an hour later to get the skiers off the ski lifts. By 5:20 p.m., 167 skiers had been evacuated during the operation, which ended as the sky darkened.
âPeople seemed a lot calmer than I expected,â said Sophie Park. âI couldn’t get very close, I wanted to give them space because I’m sure they were pretty shaken up. I think if anything, they were just focused on the descent, it seemed and the spectators
The video below shot by Jamie Schapiro shows the chairlift evacuation
Evacuation of ski lifts
âThe Deer Valley Ski Patrol was amazing during the evacuation and handled it well from what I saw early on,â tweeted Jamie Schapiro.
According to those who work on the slopes, elevator malfunction was extremely rare.
âDoing an evacuation like this is not typicalâ¦ I mean we have incidents where the ski lifts break down mechanically, but we can usually get over them because there are multiple layoffs,â the patroller said. volunteer ski Kameron Were.
A complex maintenance crew will be on site overnight to repair the elevator in hopes of resuming operations on Saturday.
The video below shot by Ricardo Kolteniuk shows the chairlift evacuation
New broken ski lift
âWe sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected by the chairlift failure today and thank them for trusting us to make the best decision for their safety by implementing our evacuation procedures. To our staff who helped get everyone off the chairlift safely, your efforts today were heroic. Your dedication, experience and training for situations like this was evident in your valiant efforts today. We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done today and every day, âthe resort said in a statement.
The operating personnel of the mountain resort are currently unable to restart the chairlift.