Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise

If you’ve ever been skiing, you know that falling off the chairlift is everyone’s worst nightmare. Ah, but what if I told you there’s a whole other KIND of worst chairlift nightmare, one in which the chairlift cries out FUCK THIS, shifts into Hard Reverse, and begins depositing skiers onto the bottom of the mountain at four billion miles an hour?

That’s apparently what happened at a Georgia ski resort when, either because the operator fell asleep on the HOG WILD button or because of some kind of catastrophic malfunction, the chairlift went on a rampage that left at least eight skiers injured. Please note that the above video is very, very frightening, as is this second angle of the disaster, in which you can see one of the benches whip around so fast it goes flying OFF the cable:

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK. FUCK! FUCKING JESUS. I was not aware that chairlifts could betray riders like this, and now I am horrified. Shit, I get a little anxious when I have to get off a FUNCTIONAL chairlift, because you have to get out of the way in short order, and sometimes you fall and that makes it even more nerve-racking. But this is a whole other dimension of snowbound terror. Miraculously, no one was killed, so let’s wish these skiers a full recovery, and all agree to never ski again.


h/t @JoshKeown

Drew Magary is a Deadspin columnist and columnist for GEN magazine. You can buy Drew's second novel, The Hike, through here.

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