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German Boarder Stranded on Lift

German Boarder Stranded on Lift

[ Wed, 2010-02-17 14:24 ]
German Boarder Stranded on Lift
Real-life terror: A German snowboarder was stranded on a chairlift unbeknownst to lift operators this weekend; he burned euros to keep warm

Remember that scary movie we told you about, the one where a group of rascally kids gets stuck on a chairlift, and then night falls and wolves start howling and terror surely ensues? Yeah, well, maybe we shouldn't have been so flippant about the whole thing. A German snowboarder got stranded on a chairlift in the Austrian Alps last weekend, and had to burn cash to stave off hypothermia. Dominik Podolsky was taking a chair down the mountain when the lift shut off; Podolsky had no mobile phone, and -- as in a classic horror flick -- no one could hear his cries for help. "I thought about jumping down, but then I'd have probably broken both legs and would have frozen to death," Podolsky later told reporters. With temps dropping to -18°C/0°F, Podolsky started burning paper handkerchiefs and old receipts in his wallet with a cigarette lighter; he soon moved into the 120 euros he was carrying. Luckily, just as he was burning his last 20 euro note, a ski-run cleaning crew caught sight of him. Podolsky was taken to a hospital and treated for hypothermia, but he was able to go home that night. He says he's thinking about suing the lift company; company officials say Podolsky should have heeded signs forbidding downloading. Reports could not confirm the presence of ravenous wolves.

Photo by psd on Flickr