Two people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a damaged hydrant sprayed a blast of cold water onto skiers riding above on a chair lift.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort management said “an uninjured guest skied into a water and air hydrant during snowmaking operations.” The hydrant was under a loaded ski lift chair, resulting in several skiers getting blasted by the hydrant.
Video circulating on social media showed patrons on the chair lift getting hit by blasts of water. Other footage shows skiers jump from chair lifts before they reached the broken hydrant.
Management said that two skiers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The skier who collided with the hydrant was not injured.
“As soon as we became aware of the problem, we took action as quickly as possible to shut off the water and assist the remaining skiers in disembarking at the top of the lift,” resort management said. Credit: JP Doban via Storyful