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Skiers sprayed with freezing cold water

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Skiers stuck on a chairlift were sprayed with high pressure cold water after a water main burst at Beech Mountain in North Carolina. https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/regional/beech-mountain-water-line-skiers-sprayed/275-38211c02-61bf-4121-8516-e74c0d3784e6

Although it doesn't say so in the report I saw on twitter that two people were taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. Apparently there was a significant windchill factor present, so the poor skier getting blasted with high pressure water was probably hypothermic. Shocked
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How awful. I’ve been in some very long delays on a chairlift or two in my time… but this is a new one. Poor people.
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@Alastair Pink, Are you somewhere exotic right now? I got

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From what you say, it was a grim experience. I have been to North Carolina two or three times in summer. I am a bit surprised that it has a skiing area.
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That's terrible. I went to NC about 20 years ago for a long weekend, wouldn’t go back if it was free wink
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@achilles, apologies for the blocked link (I think due to GDPR). Hopefully this article should be visible: https://www.reddit.com/r/CatastrophicFailure/comments/rynfg7/beech_mountain_ski_resort_water_pipe_burst/


Edit: or YouTube
http://youtube.com/v/oh2mjzAXYIA
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Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked That's not just sprayed!
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tangowaggon wrote:
Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked That's not just sprayed!


Indeed, blasted would be a better choice of words. Sad
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@Alastair Pink, holy F**K! That is horrendous Shocked Shocked
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Shocked Shocked Shocked
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Whatever next, a free enema with your lift ticket.

Poor devils!
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You'd expect the resort to have a shut off valve for the high pressure water system or failing that they could have inched the chairlift forward to remove the guy on the chairlift from the direct path of the water jet (without bringing the next chair into it)? Failing that as a suggestion they could have tried parking a skidoo/snowmobile over the water jet, the weight of a typical one is over 200kg so that may be sufficient to stay in place and divert the water sideways (or even better a piste basher which is a lot heavier and must weigh several tons, presumably they must have at least one at the resort?)


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oh my freaking god, I wish I'd not seen that! Hope they were ok, that must have been torture for the poor people.
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@Alastair Pink, Shocked

@jellylegs, I stayed at a couple of locations - a military base and a beach hotel (very pleasant, went for a swim when I got in from work). Looked pleasant when flying in and out of Raleigh, and also when driving in and out by car. Biggest downside I could think of is that it does tend to get in the way of storms.

Apologies for straying OT.
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Apparently the guy who took the video said that some skiers were blown off the lift as a result of the water pressure! Shocked (US skiers often don't deploy the safety bar on chairs even when they are fitted, which isn't always). The drop to the ground (not covered in deep powder snow by the looks of it) could well have caused some injuries to them. Sad
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I've seen another video of this with 2 snowboarders writhing on the ground from a different angle.....
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Maybe they were resting, it is the middle of a piste!!!
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10382629/Skiers-doused-freezing-water-traveling-Beech-Mountain-resort-ski-lift.html
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ski-chairlift-pipe-blast-water-b1989374.html
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Then there's this guy
WMUR Manchester: Man seriously injured after falling from Wildcat ski lift chair.
https://www.wmur.com/article/man-seriously-injured-after-falling-from-wildcat-ski-lift-chair/38702810

Rough weekend on the east coast.
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@sibhusky, your link gives me the message "Sorry, this content is not available in your region." Looks like GDPR strikes again!
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GORHAM, N.H. —
One man is recovering from serious injuries after falling almost 10 feet from a ski lift chair at Wildcat Mountain. State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey says that the incident happened around noon Saturday on the Snowcat triple chair. One of the chairs broke off after hitting a tower causing an unidentified male in his early 20s to fall nine and a half feet. He was transported to a local hospital with serious rib injuries.

Fire Marshal Toomey says the lift will remain closed while they conduct a full investigation of the incident. The lift will then need to be tested and approved by the chief tramway inspector. The investigation should take about a week.
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Ouch, not ideal - where’s Spider-Man when you need him?
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Yikes that looks really awful Sad
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Several things occur to me here:

#1 Why have a hydrant directly under the route of the chair?

#2 Why isn't the hydrant covered in protected padding?

#3 How flimsy is that hydrant if a skier can dismantle it by skiing into it?

#4 This is America surely the skier who broke the hydrant is being sued for vast amounts.
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Layne wrote:
Several things occur to me here:

#4 This is America surely the skier who broke the hydrant is being sued for vast amounts.


My guess is the opposite, the skier it suing the resort for not warning them about the dangers of skiing into a fixed object. Fair game.
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Here is a link to a longer video of the incident...


http://youtube.com/v/gztOP0tmH_U
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Layne wrote:
Several things occur to me here:

#1 Why have a hydrant directly under the route of the chair?

#2 Why isn't the hydrant covered in protected padding?

#3 How flimsy is that hydrant if a skier can dismantle it by skiing into it?

#4 This is America surely the skier who broke the hydrant is being sued for vast amounts.


Re #1, presumably because the route of the lift has already been cleared of trees, so laying and accessing the pipe for maintenance would be easier.
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