Stuck On A Gondola Overnight

on Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:13 am

I was reading the Globe and Mail this morning and I came across this article:

Women Left on Whistler Gondola Overnight.

According to the article a 25-year-old women boarded the Gondola intending to ride down to the village, however she boarded the car heading up the mountain. The section of the gondola line she boarded was shut down while she was half way up. She stayed in the cabin through night unable to call for help (she didn’t have a cell with her), she wasn’t rescued until the lift started running again in the morning.

Environment Canada said that the temperature in her area dipped to almost -8C overnight. What would you have done if you found yourself stranded like that?

4 Replies

eeek on Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:49 am

That's terrible and so scary! The poor woman must have been freezing!!

I hope the gondola operators compensated her somehow for this!

I probably would have done the same thing she did if I was stranded like that - just sit and wait if no one could hear me calling.

While -8 is really cold and terrible, she's just lucky it wasn't worse - imagine minus 30!


She would have died at -30! on Mar 11, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

The owners of the ski resort are dealing with the employee who let her on the gondola, apparently he should have known that section was closed to riders at the point she boarded. I don't think the same person that loaded her was the same person that shut the lift off. In my opinion is was a mistake, a HUGE one but definitely not on purpose.

I'm curious to see if she sues or wants mega compensation

sad..but funny on Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

I don't mean that the situation is funny, but when I read the title of this thread, I thought she that she was stranded on a gondola in Venice (which I don't think is so bad). BUT that would be scary, and COLD! Good reason to carry a cell (even if you're against them, they are handy in emergencies)

Exactly! on Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

Ya, Venice would not have been so bad.
So many ski suits have cell pockets now, so I'm surprised she didn't. I'm also surprised no one reported her missing that night. The article didn't say whether she was traveling alone or with someone though.

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