Crews Rescue 80+ Skiers from Stalled Lift

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Emergency crews used ropes and pulleys to rescue nearly 85 skiers from a stalled chairlift at an Ohio ski resort.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the chairlift at the northeast Ohio ski resort, Alpine Valley, malfunctioned, leaving snowboarders and skiers dangling 30 feet in the air in 25 mph wind gusts.

Fortified with blankets and hand warmers from the rescue crews, the stranded skiers waited about three hours before emergency workers were able to safely lower them to the ground.

None of the rescued skiers needed further medical attention.

"If this is the worst that happens, I'll take this," one of the skiers, Rich Gent, said. "We weren't stuck in an avalanche or anything crazy like that," he said.

Gent, 36, was on the lift with his five-year-old son when the malfunction occurred. A resident of a Cleveland suburb, Gent grew up skiing. Though this was the first time he'd been rescued from a chairlift, he said it wouldn't deter him from returning to the slopes.

With Saturday's temperatures in the 30s, Gent said he was thankful it wasn't any colder.

"I was happy it was as warm as it was," he said, "but anytime you sit for two hours outside in the wind, it's going to get to you."

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AP contributed to this report.

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