Italian ski resort chair lifts spin wildly in strong winds: Passengers describe ‘total panic and fear’

Chair lifts at an Italian ski resort in the Dolomites were captured on video twisting and turning after being blasted by sudden gusts of wind while at least two people were still riding in the chairs on Thursday. Onlookers recorded video of the frightening incident at the Cervino Ski Paradise in Cervinia, a popular tourist resort at the foot of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Andy Crabtree, one skier who shared video, posted on social media that 10 chairs on the lift were damaged and taken out of service by the time the lift reopened the following day. Barnaby Dunning, an experienced skier who was stuck in a chair lift with a friend at the time, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that wind conditions reached up to 70 miles per hour. The skier said he felt like he was in a washing machine and had “multiple moments of total panic and fear.” “I never even knew chair lifts could rotate the way that they were rotating,” Dunning said. “You’re just getting thrown around all over the place.” The resort told the BBC in a statement that the ski lift was closed due to high winds and those still on the lift were the last skiers making their way to the upper station. All the skiers “all reached their destination,” the statement said per the outlet.

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