Canada Hundreds of skiers spent hours stranded after Bromont chairlift breaks
Skier dies after being caught in avalanche in Banff National Park
BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Canada — Avalanche Canada says a skier who was caught in a snowslide on Friday in Banff National Park has died from her injuries. STARS Air Ambulance had said the 32-year old woman was flown to a Calgary hospital in life-threatening condition. In an online report, Avalanche Canada says three skiers were on a south-facing slope of Mount Hector, north of Lake Louise, when the slide occurred. They say a slab avalanche wasSTARS Air Ambulance had said the 32-year old woman was flown to a Calgary hospital in life-threatening condition.
Hundreds of skiers spent hours stranded on a chairlift after a mechanical failure at the Bromont ski resort left them hanging Wednesday night.
Daniel Rochon, the deputy general director of the resort, said the outage started just after 7 p.m.
Employees tried to fix the problem, but after an hour and a half without success, they began evacuating the skiers stuck on the lift, he said.
Over 200 people were on the lift when it stopped.
People were still being evacuated at 10:30 p.m., three and a half hours after they became stuck.
Carl Beaulieu, a skier from Mercier who was at Bromont at the time but was not stuck on the lift, said people were calm as they waited.
"Nobody was screaming. Everyone sat there waiting for the three hours or so," Beaulieu told Radio-Canada. "But people seemed pretty fed up."
No one was hurt in the incident and emergency services were not called, Rochon said.
He said the evacuation took time because people had to be taken down one by one.
"The good thing is that the temperature wasn't very cold," he said.
The cause of the failure is still not known.
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