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December 30, 2007

47 rescued from Whiteface lift

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Rand said 80 Whiteface staff members were involved, including those who lowered guests to the ground. Administrators, marketing, concessions, Ski Patrol, Host Patrol and Snowsports School staff assisted in getting everyone safely off the mountain and providing care once they were.

“This was a real team effort. All of our departments came together,” Caligiore said. “They made this as seamless a procedure as could be expected.”

He said temperatures were in the 20s and winds were calm while he was skiing until about 12:15 p.m.

“The elements could’ve really worked against us. It could’ve been 10 degrees below zero or a 30 below wind chill,” Caligiore said.

He described it as a freak accident.

“Generally, if there’s a strong wind, we don’t run that lift,” Caligiore said. “For an odd gust to come out of nowhere, that’s just a crapshoot.”

He said this was the first lift derailment at Whiteface in his memory. He said the lift would remain closed for at least a few days as repairs are made, but hopefully would be running again by mid-week or the end of next week.

Caligiore said numbers were good at the mountain Sunday, as they have been throughout the holidays.

“Nobody seems daunted by what occurred,” he said.



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