Lift operator falls
from Mayday chair
After dangling beneath the Mayday
Chairlift on Bald Mountain for several minutes Thursday afternoon, a Sun Valley
Co. lift operator who somehow became ensnared by the lift at the mountain’s
summit fell approximately 30 feet into a soft snowdrift.
According to witnesses, Giancarl
Condemarin, of Peru, was caught by a lift chair while working at its summit
discharge point. He hung, dangling beneath the chair for several minutes while
the lift continued to move, and eventually fell into the snow just above a
well-known reef of rocks below the lift.
In all, Condemarin traveled about a third
of the lift’s 1,621-foot distance, which generally takes 7 minutes to whisk
skiers from the bottom of the bowls to the top.
Ketchum Fire Chief Greg Schwab declined to
elaborate about the details of the incident because of potential infractions of
the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He confirmed, however,
that an ambulance had been dispatched to Bald Mountain at 12:05 p.m. It was the
only ambulance dispatched to the mountain by 2:30 Thursday.
Schwab said the man was transported to the
St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.
Tanya Keim, St. Luke’s community relations
manager, said Condemarin was in stable condition after being transported to the
radiology department and would probably be released from the emergency room.