Around 40 skiers at the Hafjell Alpine Center north of Lillehammer had to be rescued from the gondolas they were riding in on Sunday. One of them hung up in what was described as a “derailment” that may have been caused by strong winds in the area.
The entire gondola system ground to a halt, leaving skiers stranded in the air for up a few hours from around 2pm.
“We tried to get the gondola line running again,” Henning Kleiven, marketing chief for the ski center, told state broadcaster NRK. “When that didn’t work, we had to send in all available emergency crews up the slopes, to lower people out of the gondolas with ropes.”
The rescue operation proceeded according to plans and the drama was over by 5pm. One father, stuck in a gondola with his young son, said they weren’t frightened, with the little boy thinking that it all turned into an unexpected adventure after safely landing on the snow below.