Boise, Idaho • The five terrifying minutes an 8-year-old boy spent dangling from a central Idaho chairlift were all that ski patrollers needed to move a lift-tower pad beneath him to break his fall.
The youngster, who had apparently slipped out of his coat and off the chair at Sun Valley's Bald Mountain ski area, was uninjured Sunday and resumed skiing only hours later, KTVB-TV in Boise reported.
Sun Valley ski guide Kent Kreitler and other witnesses credited fast thinking by the mountain's rescue team for saving the boy from injury.
As the boy dangled precariously from the lift, ski patrollers had time to unhook a 5-foot by 5-foot safety pad from a nearby lift tower, Kreitler said. They held it beneath him on a flat, hard-packed trail meant for skiers and grooming equipment to travel about the mountain, blunting the force of impact.