More than 80 skiers rescued after Ohio lift stalls

January 15, 2011 4:50:44 PM PST
Authorities say more than 80 people who were stuck on a ski lift at a northeast Ohio resort have been safely rescued.

Chief Scott Hildenbrand of the Hambden Fire Department says the lift stalled at Alpine Valley in nearby Munson Township around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

He says about 85 skiers were dangling in chairs about 30 feet over the mountain. Rescue workers used ropes to lower the skiers to safety. Hildenbrand says there were no injuries.

The rescue was over by 5:30 p.m.

Hildenbrand says emergency workers threw blankets to the trapped skiers so they would stay warm.

He says a broken gear caused the lift to stall.

A message seeking comment left for a manager at Alpine Valley wasn't immediately returned.

The 125-acre resort east of Cleveland has about 72 acres for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.