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Alpine Valley Ski LiftAlpine Valley Ski Lift left skiers suspened for hoursNearly 85 people were stuck on a ski lift for a few hours Saturday afternoon at Alpine Valley Ski Area in Munson Township in Ohio. Local fire departments responded to the incident and used rope rescue techniques to free the patrons to safety.

"It appears that it's something in the gear box because the motor would run but we couldn't get the lift to move," explained resort manager, George Shaffer.

“We’ve had lifts stop before, but nothing like this,” Shaffer said.

At first, skiers waited patiently for the lift to begin moving again but as the minutes past, it became apparent something was wrong.

"When it stopped for more than 5 minutes, we knew we were in trouble," skier Amy Swoboda said.

"The worst Saturday I've ever had," a shivering 11 year-old James Ritossa told a local reporter.

While the patrons were suspended nearly 30-feet above the ground, the sun began to set and winds gusted at 25 miles per hour.

"But any time you sit for two hours outside in the wind, it's going to get to you." Rich Gent, a stranded skier, said.


Thanks to the swift efforts from local Munson Valley firefighters, all skiers were safely on the ground by 5:30 pm and no one was injured or sent to local hospitals.

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