VIDEO: What would you do if your chairlift suddenly plummeted to the ground?
SKI BUMS has hosted two incredible trips to Cerro Catedral, but as far as we can tell, the resort hasn’t publicly commented on this chairlift accident, when a chair completely detached and fell to the slopes during the 2013 season. The skier who shot the video on a helmet cam says he’s now posting it because Catedral has had additional safety scares this season, and he believes skiers and snowboarders should question whether Catedral is the right choice for a vacation. You can read a rough translation of his comments here >
Here’s a translation of his comments:
"Today it was exactly a year ago that Jime, Jose along with myself had an accident on a chairlift at Cerro Catedral. Our intention was always not to show this video as we didn’t want to expose ourselves.
The truth is that the personnel of the company that has the rights to use and profit from the mountain, the staff from the company contracted by the Alta Patagonia mountain, including the owner, approached us, and after seeing the video, promised not to operate the chairlift until they had the necessary modifications so that this wouldn’t happen again.
The problem is that this didn’t happen, and that is the true reason behind this complaint. Today, a year later, it’s still operating in the same manner. Last week, there was another accident.
It’s a shame that a city as beautiful as Bariloche has been darkened by something like this.
For my part, and in the name of my cousin Jimena Verdu and Jose Naife, we are going to remain calm as our only condition was that this wouldn’t happen again, and now we see it repeated.
And where will *you* be vacationing?”
On July 14th of this season, 180 people were rescued from the chair lifts at Catedral after multiple chairs detached and slid into one another. No injuries were reported, but you can read the report here >
Sadly, Cerro Catedral was also the site of a 'cascading' chairlift accident in 2004 that severely injured several skiers.
These reports are deeply troubling to all of us who love skiing in Bariloche. Here’s hoping they’ll make serious improvements to their safety standards. We’ve reached out to Cerro Catedral for a comment, and if we hear back from them we’ll be sure to post it here.