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Watched a wreck just like that in NY in mid 80s. Opening day (or first good day). New triple. We rode it a couple of times. I think it was my first time on skis. Place filled up, chair got full, we were in line about 20 back, they stopped for a misload, brake wouldn't hold. Worst injuries were from people panicking and bailing out too soon / too high (like 40' high)... but attempts to ride the chair around the bullwheel didn't go well either. Think the resort was Kissing Bridge. Near Buffalo.
Thanks for posting. Definitely a reminder of why I don't do mechanized skiing: too many people, low-skilled lift operators or other minimum wage people, reckless skiers who never learned basic edge control because of fat, easy-turning boards. I have always thought getting on or off lifts is the most dangerous part of skiing; especially, if you are on three-pin bindings with no cable: you better be centered.
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