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    Skier Killed on Lift at Vail

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sk...phJ?li=BBnbfcL

    Sounds pretty unpleasant.

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    saw that the other day. pretty wild. liftie is worse than fired for not flippin that seat down. but what a freak accident. how did they not stop the lift in the load station or right after? how long was this guy riding balancing on the frame of the seat before slipping thru? i'm picturing his butt falling thru but his body being kinda scrunched up with his knees in his face and his skis in the air. weird shit.

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    I was under the impression that the seat flipped while he was riding and not before it came into the station, but it doesn't really specify. I feel like he would've noticed before he sat if it was flipped up coming into the station. The chairs seem to flip up kind of easily.
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    If they forgot to flip a seat down they are going to lose a massive lawsuit.

    I wouldn't blame one person (unless they were impaired), but more a system that allows a mistake like that to occur.
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    I'm guilty of not checking the chair as it comes around. A couple weeks ago at Greek the chair I was going to load had orange tape around it. The liftie tolde to hop off the platform. I did, but started to fall and braced myself on the liftie's shoulder. My skis got crossed and I had him release one of my bindings. I got on a couple chairs later. As I approached the top I saw the taped chair come around towards me. The only thing wrong with it was it was missing a safety bar. If I had known that I would've just sat on it instead of almost falling down trying to get out of the way. Good idea to look at the chair you'll be riding instead of just skiing onto the platform.

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    Why would the seat not have been down in the first place? I thought those things were tied down pretty good to the frame, unless it was a broken strap and lift maintenance failed to notice it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njdiver85 View Post
    Why would the seat not have been down in the first place? I thought those things were tied down pretty good to the frame, unless it was a broken strap and lift maintenance failed to notice it.
    No, a lot of them flip up real easy. Many places flip them up at night if a storm is coming, some do it every night.

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    So, the chair came around flipped up, the lifty didn’t notice or just went with it, and the skier decided not to say anything and ride the chair anyway? Just sounds weird.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Edd View Post
    So, the chair came around flipped up, the lifty didn’t notice or just went with it, and the skier decided not to say anything and ride the chair anyway? Just sounds weird.


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    Easy mistake for the skier, less obvious than the orange tape I was oblivious to. Greek flips them up at night on their quad, flips them down in the morning. They probably just missed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhead View Post
    Easy mistake for the skier, less obvious than the orange tape I was oblivious to. Greek flips them up at night on their quad, flips them down in the morning. They probably just missed one.

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