It was a beautiful day on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders at Northstar in Tahoe on Sunday. But for some unlucky riders, they spent the day stranded on a chairlift in 30 degree weather.
The Promised Land Express lift, which gives skiers access to the “backside” runs at Northstar, broke down at 10:42 am today, stranding the unlucky people who ended up stranded on the lift for up to 3 and a half hours.
About an hour after the shutdown of the chairlift, operations workers began evacuating riders using climbing ropes:
Some riders were able to exit the chair after only an hour, but others were stuck until workers were able to get the chair moving slowly after over 3 hours sitting in the freezing cold weather.
Cold, tired and frustrated, the stranded skiers finally exited the lift by 2 pm and were presented with a coupon for an unspecified voucher.
Whether its weather or technical difficulties, you just never know what you’re going to get when you head up to the mountain.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine