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Beech Mountain Pipe Explosion: Ski resort guests get blasted with freezing cold water in 7 degree weather at North Carolina resort

BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC – A plumbing explosion at a North Carolina ski resort blasted skiers on lifts with freezing cold water in 7 degree weather Friday.

Petrified onlookers at the Beech Mountain Resort in Avery County watched helplessly as water sprayed vertically through the air under the loading elevator. The stranded skiers jumped 25 feet from the lift to safety.

Ryleigh Lamb captured the terrifying scene on video.

“The water is too high, just sprayed [skiers] so quickly, they fell on top of each other and had bruises on their faces,” Lamb said.

Two people were injured, according to the resort.

Emma Lopinto, one of the skiers who jumped, told ABC affiliate WSOC that she is still in a lot of pain.

“I had bruises from head to toe – some big, some small, just all over my body,” she said.

“I don’t want to blame anyone,” she added through tears. “I just wanted people to know it was a more serious event than I thought.”

Beech Mountain issued a statement to the WSOC, noting that resort staff did not instruct skiers how to jump.

“As soon as we became aware of the issue, we acted as quickly as possible to shut off the water and assist the remaining skiers to the top of the lift,” the statement read.

Activities at the resort have since returned.

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