Lonely Planet Writer

Snowboarder rescued by helicopter after lift fails

Getting stuck on a gondola could have ruined a fun day of snowboarding, but one boarder was very excited about his eventual rescue by helicopter on Sunday.

A snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue.
A snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue. Image by Itz Frenzy YouTube

An electrical failure caused the gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada to stop working, leaving about 75 people stranded, reports CBC. Some people stuck on the higher sections had to be rescued by helicopter.

A snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue.
Rescue staff come to the aid of a snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue. Image by Itz Frenzy YouTube

Kody Lapointe and his parents, including father Manny, were stuck for about three hours before they were picked up by the rescue team, reports CTV.

Manny filmed his ride, which Kody posted online. The video shows Manny being carried over the mountains and yelling with excitement. As he arrives back on the ground he can be heard saying “that was awesome”.

A snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue.
A snowboarder who was trapped on a broken gondola filmed his helicopter rescue. Image by Itz Frenzy YouTube

The rescued guests were given hot meals and drinks and no injuries were reported, reports local newspaper the Golden Star.

The resort posted on its Facebook page thanking the local search and rescue and the Canadian Ski Patrol.

Watch the video here.