Period of uncertainty;
early minutes after a lift stop event there may only be limited
information available to operators and maintenance personnel.
Electronic panels will display sensor information from portions of the
lift that aren’t visible to the operators eye, but those sensors only
provide a clue, not full information about what has occurred.
Eg; *Break Fork tripped on tower 17* -
Discovery after inspection: Cable has derailed from the tower. In this
instance the derail might only be confirmed after someone has hiked to
the tower, an activity that could take an hour or more.
Repair or evacuate?
confirming the nature of the stop, maintenance personnel must then
determine what is required to repair and return the lift to service.
It may be apparent that repairs will take longer than a rope
evacuation of the lift, and in those instances a decision to evacuate
will be made quickly, usually within the first hour after a stop.
events rescue personnel will mobilise and deploy to pre-assigned
positions on the mountain while repair attempts are made. This is
done to insure against unexpected findings during repairs, or the
failure of repair efforts.
from wind and precipitation in the cabins of the gondola, passengers
are safe while repair and/or evacuation efforts are underway.
Passengers should never attempt to exit the cabins on their own.
Rescuers are trained and equipped to evacuate the lift in all weather
conditions, day or night. Please wait for rescuers to arrive, then
follow their directions.
How long does it take?
lift stop events that could lead to the need for an evacuation,
rescuers are alerted right away, and begin to respond to the affected
lift. A major time consuming element of lift evacuation is accessing
the towers that rescuers will use to get onto the lift. If the normal
means of travelling up the mountain is the lift itself, then hiking
is sometimes the only remaining option, and this takes time. Hiking
uphill, with equipment, and especially when there is snow covering
the ground can take a couple of hours. The process of evacuating the
lift will usually take less than four hours after rescuers have moved
into position. Severe weather and darkness can extend the time
required but evacuation efforts never stop entirely until the lift has
been fully cleared of all passengers.
Further information during emergencies;
websites of gondola operators will be updated at regular intervals
after evacuation efforts get underway, and more frequent updates will
be posted to Twitter and Facebook. Using mobile devices these
updates can be monitored from the lift. After Lifeskill has been
notified to respond, updates will be posted at regular intervals on the
Lifeskill Twitter account (@LifeskillRescue).