Several skiers injured at NC ski resort after sprinklers struck

Several people were injured at a North Carolina ski resort when a hydrant sprayed a stream of water at skiers riding in an elevator, causing some of the skiers to jump.

BANNER ELK, NC – Several people were injured at a North Carolina ski resort when a damaged hydrant sprayed a jet of water at skiers riding on lifts, sending some skiers to the water. jump up.

Management at Beech Mountain Resort told WBTV-TV that a guest slipped into the water and air hose on Friday while snowmaking operations were underway. Video circulating on social media shows skiers on lifts being flooded with water.

The resort said in a statement that two people were taken to an area hospital by Avery County emergency medical personnel with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The person who slipped into the water was not injured.

“As soon as we became aware of the problem, our operations and safety teams acted as quickly as possible to safely exit the system and assist the remaining skiers down to the top of the ladder. machine,” the resort manager said in a statement.

WSOC-TV spoke to two women who said they jumped 25 feet from the ski lift when the water hit.

Emma Lopinto said she was at a ski resort celebrating her 19th birthday on Friday when she and her best friend were submerged in water as they rode on an elevator.

“We just held each other and hung our heads and all I remember is the metal rod going up and then me flying. I don’t remember anything and I remember opening my eyes wide in front of the ground,” said Lopinto.

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

Lopinto said her friend was also injured.

The WSOC reported that Lopinto was one of two people taken by ambulance to the hospital. The third woman was taken to the hospital by her family.

Ivy-Elise Ivey told the WSOC that she and her boyfriend could see what was going on and decided to dance with some other people.

“Everybody was shocked. You wouldn’t jump from 25 feet, if you didn’t think you had to,” Ivey said.

She said she had broken her arm, broken bones around her elbow.

Ivey said she was very disappointed with the way the resort handled the matter. Resort officials said Ivey was not instructed by resort staff to change jobs.

“This is a very difficult situation for both our guests and our staff. We deeply regret the incident, and we once again apologize to the guests who were adversely affected,” the resort said in a statement.

https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/skiers-hurt-nc-ski-resort-hydrant-struck-82165574 Several skiers injured at NC ski resort after sprinklers struck

Emma Bowman

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