‘Chilling’ video captures skiers on a ski lift at a North Carolina hill station, sprayed by a geyser of ice water after a fire hydrant overturns and erupted
- On Friday, a fire hydrant erupted in Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
- Unlucky skier got stuck in spray after employees managed to prevent ski lift from moving
- The skier appeared to be half suspended from the chair after being thrown by a geyser of ice water
- Two people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries
Unsuspecting skiers taking the chairlift at a North Carolina hill station received the coldest of showers after another skier knocked over a buried fire hydrant, hurling a geyser of ice water over 50 feet in the air.
A poignant video captured a skier at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort being beaten by the powerful blast of freezing water for nearly a minute on Friday. The continuous spray rocked the suspended skier and the person was seen suspended from the chairlift before finally getting to safety.
The incident began after a skier knocked over a fire hydrant used to make snow near the chairlift, resort officials said.
Temperatures were already below freezing when the hydrant erupted, leaving people drenched in dangerous conditions. Two people were taken from the mountain and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.
Skier got stuck in the middle of a geyser-like jet after someone hit a water hydrant that was buried in snow on Beech Mountain in North Carolina
The skier spent at least a minute in the spray before the ski lift was moved out of the water. He seemed to be hanging from the chair after getting away from the spray
The mighty geyser hit the skier full force with mighty force
One person survived the eruption – albeit with difficulty – but the other skier suffered the full force of the explosion when the lift was stopped.
The skier struggled under the force of the water pressure, even at one point holding on to the pole securing the chair to the lift and hanging from the chair.
The elevator finally started to move again, enough for the skier to cross the geyser, the exhausted and wet skier appearing to lie across the chair.
Beech Mountain is located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of the state near the Tennessee border
The geyser erupted for several minutes before workers could shut off the water supply. The resort reported evacuating the elevator and emptying the water system afterwards.
It is not known under which trail or ski lift the fire hydrant was located, but only half of the trails were open on the mountain, located in the western part of the state.
“Our operations and safety team worked diligently to unload the elevator and drain the system safely,” Beech Mountain Resort said in a statement.
The station resumed normal operations later.
DailyMail.com has contacted the resort for more information.
Beech Mountain is a family-friendly resort in the state’s scenic Appalachian Mountains with activities that include ice skating, tubing, snowboarding, and skiing.