Man saved in heroic Arapahoe Basin chairlift rescue says “it was all a blur” |

Man saved in heroic Arapahoe Basin chairlift rescue says “it was all a blur”

A daring rescue took place Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area when a skier’s backpack strap got caught in the lift as he was unloading from the chair. Guest Mickey Wilson sprung to action and freed the man hanging unconscious by his neck as ski patrollers assisted below.
Courtesy of The Denver Post

A man who got tangled in an Arapahoe Basin chairlift Wednesday morning and was hanging unconscious by his neck, was cut down by a professional slackliner who climbed a lift tower, slid approximately 30 feet across the lift’s cable and cut him free with a knife tossed from a ski patroller below.

The rescued skier said he barely remembers people yelling to him as his backpack got caught, leaving him dangling from the chair.

“Then it was all a blur,” the 30-year-old from Broomfield said as he was preparing to be discharged from St. Anthony Hospital on Thursday afternoon. “It was kind of surreal. I knew I was going around the (bullwheel) and then I was backwards and all of the sudden I was blacking out.”

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