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As you may be aware, there was an isolated incident caused by a freak gust of wind affecting a single chair on Gunbarrel Chairlift that occurred on Monday. The guest involved in the incident sustained minor bruising only. No other guests or chairs were affected. Given safety is our top priority, we’ve been working with our expert team, SafeWork NSW and an independent engineer to investigate the incident thoroughly in an effort to provide you with the most accurate information as quickly as possible. Following the investigation, Thredbo can confirm that this was indeed an isolated incident caused by a freak gust of wind, and Gunbarrel Chairlift will resume operations tomorrow, Wednesday.
A chairlift carrying one skier dislodged from its cable at Australia’s Thredbo Resort on Monday. According to local news reports and a statement from Thredbo’s Instagram account, a gust of wind caught the chair, flipping it and causing it to detach from the cable. The skier fell several meters and sustained minor bruising. No other injuries were reported.
An independent safety watchdog group stepped in to assess the accident, and concluded that it was an isolated incident related to 70 mph winds reported in the area. A severe weather warning has been issued for the area’s mountains, with high winds still in the forecast.
Thredbo has experienced several large storms recently, receiving over 33 inches of snow last week from Antarctic storms that battered the continent.
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