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Skier Is Dead After Freak Chair Lift Accident
New Jersey man dies from asphyxiation in Vail because his coat strangled him
- A skier has died in Colorado after getting caught on a chair lift with his coat wrapped around his neck. Jason Varnish, 46, of New Jersey was skiing in Vail Mountain's Blue Sky Basin when he boarded the Skyline Express on Thursday. He asphyxiated when he fell through the...
Mom Dies, 2 Daughters Hurt in Chair Lift Fall
Accidents are 'super rare,' industry says
- Tragedy in ski country: A mother died and her two daughters were injured in a fall from a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado Thursday. Authorities say the 40-year-old woman from Texas and the girls, ages 9 and 12, fell around 20 feet from the lift onto snow...
Teen Jumps Off Chair Lift to Escape Storm
New Jersey's Melanie Rossomando is OK
- New Jersey's Melanie Rossomando became a YouTube sensation for her 17th birthday, though not by choice. A video shows the teen jumping off a chair lift at a beachside amusement park over the weekend as a storm rolled in and the power stopped. She kicked off her shoes and...
Avalanche Wipes Out French Ski Lift
Snow pours over chairs, cables, knocks down pylons
- Skiers thought they were safe in their chair-lift perches as they watched a powerful avalanche rumble through a French ski resort near Grenoble—until snow began to bury the tips of their skis. No injuries were reported, but several skiers on higher ground were left dangling from lifts—and had...
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