SNOWBIRD, Utah The computer that monitors the lift detected the problem and shut the chair lift down. Reports say winds gusting more than 50 miles per hour were hitting the resort at the time the incident happened. Ski patrol members rushed to different locations and one even climbed the tower where the cable jumped the pulley to inspect the problem. While that was happening, other ski patrol members were throwing ropes up to skiers trapped in chairs, bringing people down to safety one person at a time.
Officials say it took a couple of hours to get everyone out of the chairs. The good news in all this is that nobody was hurt, but many said their nerves were rattled as they sat in the chairs and were blown around by the wind.
Resort officials say even though the cable jumped off the pulley, the cable was not in danger of snapping and skiers were not in danger of falling from their chairs.
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