Monday, April 15, 2024
HomeNewsWorldSkier speaks out after terrifying chair lift ride in more than 60...

Skier speaks out after terrifying chair lift ride in more than 60 mph winds

Barnaby Dunning appears on “Good Morning America” on April 1, 2024. — ABC News

(BREUIL-CERVINIA, Italy) — A skier is speaking out after surviving a terrifying chair lift ride at an Italian ski resort during high wind conditions that picked up to over 60 miles per hour.

Barnaby Dunning, an experienced skier, told ABC News’ Zohreen Shah there were at least a couple of times he didn’t think he and his friend Stephanie would make it through the unsettling ordeal last Thursday in Breuil-Cervinia.

“I never even knew chair lifts could rotate the way that they were rotating,” Dunning said of being violently swung around on a chair lift at Cervino Ski Paradise.

Dunning said he and his friend had both noticed a major weather change while they were riding the ski lift.

“This wind had kicked up and was getting quite strong. You couldn’t really see much in front of you,” Dunning recalled.

Dunning said he thought the ski lift could take the two of them to safety but wind conditions had reached up to 70 miles per hour at the time they were on the chair lift, a ride that lasted 40 minutes.

“There were like, multiple moments of total panic and fear,” Dunning said.

“It’s literally just like you’re in a washing machine, I guess,” he added. “You’re just getting thrown around all over the place.”

Other ski resortgoers captured video clips of the chair lift at the resort being tossed around by the violent wind conditions.

Dunning said he and his friend were blasted repeatedly with sheets of snow and held on for life.

“Three different times, literally, my butt is hanging out and there’s nothing underneath me,” Dunning said.

In a statement, Cervino Ski Paradise said “the weather conditions changed suddenly and unexpectedly” and lift access was “immediately closed” but there were still “users on the seats, who were taken to the station … unharmed.”

After their harrowing ordeal, Dunning said other skiers should trust their instincts if something doesn’t feel right.

“When you’re skiing, you trust the lift operators … I felt that they just let the lift keep on going at a time when it was really far too dangerous,” Dunning said.

Dunning said he was still grateful for the lift rider operators. Despite the scary experience, he ended up returning to hit the slopes again on Friday.

Copyright © 2024, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular

Recent Comments