Here's a horrific reminder that at the end of the day, technology still has power over us. This poor guy got trapped hanging upside-down by his pants from a chairlift for 15 minutes. That's embarrassing.
In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning. The January 1 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier, 48, and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail's Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift's fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding.
Fifteen minutes. Good lord. And I'd like to know how this kid is ever going to look his dad in the eye again after watching his nakedness dangle shinkingly in the cold in front of a mountain full of winter sports enthusiasts for a quarter of an hour. Good lord. [The Smoking Gun]