2 boys, 2 chairlift accidents, 2 days | VailDaily.com

2 boys, 2 chairlift accidents, 2 days

Nicole Frey

EDWARDS – Dangling from a chairlift, a boy desperately clung to his father seated on the lift. Yelling to the lift operator at Beaver Creek’s Chair 14, which connects the Elkhorn Lodge to the ski mountain, the father was able to get the chairlift to come to a halt, said Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Andree. Hanging over Village Road, it was quickly decided the chair would go forward, and the man would deposit his son into a snow bank. But the boy never made it that far. Instead, the boy plunged to the pavement below. Beaver Creek spokeswoman Christina Schleicher said the boy had caught his snowboard, which led to the fall. Ski patrol personnel responded immediately, and the boy was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center, she added. It was the Vail Resorts’ second chairlift accident in as many days. Another boy had fallen from Chair 2 on Vail Mountain on Saturday, according to Vail Mountain spokeswoman Anita Allen. Ski patrol also responded to that accident and the boy arrived at the Vail Valley Medical Center for careAndree, Schleicher and Allen declined to release any names or the extent of the boys’ injuries. While Allen said only ski patrol and the Eagle County Health Services Ambulance District responded to the Vail accident, Schleicher said, Beaver Creek found extra help in the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle River Fire District who helped control traffic as ski patrol and ambulance personnel tended to the boy. Andree hadn’t heard of the Vail accident, but said the Beaver Creek accident is considered non-criminal and is not being investigated.Schleicher said the chairlift accidents are rare.”It’s not something we see any pattern of,” she said. “It’s not a common accident.”Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado

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