A 5-year-old boy was injured in a fall from a ski lift at Spring Mountain Adventures in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania last Saturday. The child was allowed to ride the beginner lift by himself and fell almost 23 feet shortly after 7:00 pm. He was flown to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries.
The owner of the resort says supervision has always been the responsibility of the parent. He also said the restraint bar was up and there was no malfunction with the lift.
On the same day, a 9-year-old boy fell from a ski lift at another Pennsylvania ski resort on Saturday afternoon, and his fall was caught on video. The dramatic video, readily available online was shot at Liberty Mountain Resort around 3:15 p.m. It shows the boy dangling from a chair lift as rescuers tried to help him, and then eventually falling to the snow below. The fall was about twenty feet. The boy apparently suffered a leg injury.
And on Friday, a girl who fell off of a chair lift at a western Massachusetts ski area. The accident occurred at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, at about 8:30 p.m.
The ski area reported that her friends told emergency responders that at some point on the way up the mountain the safety bar was lifted and the girl slipped out, falling roughly 15 feet to the ground.
If you are skiing with children, keep in mind that young skiers should be reminded routinely about the proper conduct on lift chairs – no adjusting of skis or snowboards, no horse play and always use the safety bar (euphemistically called “courtesy bar” by the industry). And obviously, skiers of certain age or size should not be allowed on a lift alone.