Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

A skier has fallen down the Gunbarrel Express Quad chairlift at 3 PM on Monday when strong winds dislodged the chair.

SafeWork NSW has confirmed that the chairlift has been shut down pending an investigation by the safety watchdog.

The skier with the broken chair. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.
The skier with the broken chair. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

Fortunately, even though the skier fell down several meters down, he only suffered some bruising on the incident, as per the report from Threbdo.

“There was an isolated incident affecting a single chair on Gunbarrel chairlift at approximately 3pm yesterday caused by a freak gust of wind. The guest involved in the incident sustained minor bruising only. No other guests or chairs were affected.”

The spokesperson said other chairlifts were not affected due to the weather conditions.

SafeWork NSW inspectors and independent engineers were assessing the lift, a SafeWork NSW spokeswoman said: “The chairlift was subject to a non-disturbance order once passengers had safely disembarked.”

“The non-disturbance order will remain in place until investigations, which are ongoing, are complete.”

On the Liftblog it is stated that “Gunbarrel is a 1988 Doppelmayr detachable quad with DS grips.  The lift traverses more than 5,500 feet (1680 m) of intermediate and advanced terrain with a capacity of 2,800 skiers per hour.

Threbdo declined to answer whether investigations were under way on how the chairlift managed to become dislodged in the wind.

The broken chair is seen on the ground. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.
The broken chair is seen on the ground. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

On Tuesday the Gunbarrel chairlift was on standby, while the other lifts remained open.

On Monday Threbdo received winds of more than 110km/h, averaging 80km/h.

I remember that in Las Leñas (famous for its winds gusts), when lifts passed the 100km/h they are automatically closed.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that strong winds will be continuing on Tuesday with a blizzard expected in the morning.

There is a severe weather warning in place issued for the Snowy Mountains, with all areas above 1900 meters expecting to receive wind gusts of more than 120km/h. These severe conditions are expected to continue until Wednesday.

I am writing this, while we are cooking in Britain and there is a heat wave all over Europe during all week! Would love to be down under!

More info: Canberra Times

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Lift Blog –

LiftBlog also pointed out on the comments of its post that this does not seem to be the first time that this chairlift lost one chair. In this Australian Forum they are talking about it.

We have covered many lifts accidents and evacuations- from the American Eagle gondola that fall while it was being tested (with no people on it), to the accident in Hochzillertal when some gondolas got hung up on a tower and collided together. You can see also the lift evacuations we’ve covered. Ski patrol and mountain operatives are always doing drills to practice these kind of evacuations, so if you are in one of these lifts that decide to get stuck, just be calm and wait for instructions.

The broken chair on the ground. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.
The broken chair on the ground. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

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Threbdo gunbarrel express loading area. YouTube photo. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.
Threbdo gunbarrel express loading area. YouTube photo. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

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