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    Senior Contributor Knaur Amarsh's Avatar
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    Skier Suffers Exposure

    Man left dangling upside down, pantsless after Vail lift mishap

    JANUARY 6--In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning. 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. As seen in the photos on the following pages (which were snapped by fellow skiers), the Skyline Express lift was stopped shortly after the pair's botched boarding resulted in the man dangling from the lift. The exposed skier was stuck for about 15 minutes before Vail personnel backed the lift up and successfully dislodged the unidentified man from the four-seat chair. In a statement released this afternoon, Vail Resorts, which operates the ski area, reported that the skier was not injured after being "suspended for approximately seven minutes." The press release did not explain how the mishap occurred, only that "the man was caught on the chair."

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    In Memoriam/OAF-Old Aggravating Fart Senior Contributor Shamus's Avatar
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    Hmmm...adds new meaning to going skiing and "Letting it all hang out on the slope".
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    WAB Cautioner of Poo Senior Contributor Debbie's Avatar
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    People who enjoy the cold and snow should always wear layers of underwear. Poor fella, from the photos shown it appears that his bottom half was severely subjected to weather not condusive to bare flesh.

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    Armchair Worrier Senior Contributor bolo121's Avatar
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    Ahahahahahhhhaaaaa talk about northern exposure
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