24 July 2019

Strong winds cause freak accident as Thredbo skier blown off chairlift

| Lachlan Roberts
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Photos: Supplied by SnowsBest.

A “freak gust of wind” has caused a chair on a chairlift in Thredbo to plummet to the ground, with a skier in tow.

Around 3 pm on Monday afternoon (22 July), a skier was on the Gunbarrel chairlift when strong winds dislodged the chair, falling to the snow below.

The skier fell several metres, but only suffered minor bruising from the incident.

In a statement, a Thredbo’s general manager Stuart Diver said it was an isolated incident caused by a freak gust of wind.

“The safety of our guests and our people is the number one priority at Thredbo,” he said. “The incident has been thoroughly investigated by our team of experts, SafeWork NSW, the manufacturers of the chairlift and an independent engineer.

“Following the investigation, we can confirm that this was an isolated incident caused by a freak gust of wind.

“Gunbarrel Chairlift will resume operations on Wednesday (24 July).”

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