Around noon Saturday, dozens of skiers at Mont Ste-Marie resort in Quebec were stranded on a stopped lift and they had to be rescued. It took close to four hours to lower skiers from the Vanier Express chairlift, one of three at the hill in the Gatineau mountains about 90 km northeast of Ottawa.
“One of our chairlifts has stopped and as a precaution we are getting people off the lift right away,” ski hill management posted on Twitter at approximately 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Ski area staff were throwing blankets and jackets up to the stranded skiers to help them stay warm while they waited for a specialized evacuation unit to work its way along the lift’s cable and lower skiers one at a time.
According to the Weather Network, it felt like 10 degrees F with the windchill on the hill.