These are the RealVail archived files. Please visit our new site:
MM_XSLTransform error.
Error opening
If unfamiliar with use of lift, ask an attendant for instruction
An unidentified man dangles from Vail Chair 37 Skyline Express Lift at the bottom of Blue Sky Basin and Tea Cup Bowl in Vail’s Back Bowls. Vail infamy in the making.
Photo courtesy of

If unfamiliar with use of lift, ask an attendant for instruction

Bottom's up at Blue Sky's Skyline
By Scott Proper

January 6, 2009 —  Hey, we've all been there. You know, the lift comes around, you're a little busy daydreaming about something else, and all of a sudden the chair catches you off guard. Next thing you know, you are hanging from the lift upside down for 15 minutes with your pants around your ankles, which of course are now above your head. You are on display for the whole world of tourists to take photos and entertain themselves while you flail and await rescue.

Er, wait a second. Doesn't sound familiar? Well, it happened at Vail recently.

Photos taken by concerned citizens mysteriously made their way onto prominent websites and newspapers almost immediately. Ah, the information age. What a blessing to learn immediately about a profound human event like this.

Soon afterward, the virtual peanut gallery started chiming in. I read a letter to the editor of the local paper censuring the paper for printing a photo of the improvised ski lift trapeze artist, stating that printing the photos was in poor taste.

If unfamiliar with use of lift, ask an attendant for instruction
Lift ops in Vail's back bowls assist in the emergency
Photo courtesy of

People need to chill out. The guy wasn't hurt. This kind of stuff doesn't happen every day. The man is not identifiable through the photos. There is no full frontal nudity. And if anything, it's FUNNY! If you can't have a sense of humor about anything (or everything), then it's time to reassess. I mean you don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.

Meanwhile, if our improvised trapeze artist would please come forward, I would happily buy him a beer. Maybe I would also volunteer a quick chairlift lesson. After all, thanks for reminding us that there is a reason for the sign at each chairlift that says "If unfamiliar with use of chairlift, please ask an attendant for instruction."



Comment on article  Comment on "If unfamiliar with use of lift, ask an attendant for instruction" using the form below


Comment Form Info  Comment Information
RealVail encourages you to post comments on our articles and blogs. Name and email are required for monitoring purposes. Your email will not be published and will not be distributed to any 3rd-party. Abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous or defamatory comments are prohibited. By posting a comment, you agree to this policy and our terms of use. To report an abusive posting, please contact us.

Please enter the case-sensitive letters you see in the left box to prove that you are human and indeed reading this page. This prevents spam and malicious attacks. Click the refresh icon to refresh words.

To comment or contact us, please visit our new site at Snow Report Ticker

more new stories...

more new stories...

more resort guides...