Young skier falls to his death from lift in popular French resort

By Linsey McNeill
04/04/2023
Home » Young skier falls to his death from lift in popular French resort

A skier crashed through the window of a ski lift and fell to his death in the French resort of Les Deux Alpes.

Authorities claimed the 29-year-old was ‘messing about’ with a friend while drunk when the accident happened.

The deceased and his friend, aged 23, were descending in the lift to the resort when he smashed through a Plexiglas screen and fell 130 feet, local prosecutor Eric Vaillant told local media on Sunday.

Local reports claimed the two men were filming themselves when the deceased, who weighed more than 100kg, allegedly rammed himself against the side of the lift.

“These are lifts built for 20 people,” Director of the Deux Alpes resort Fabrice Boutet told the BFM channel on Monday. “If there’s movement caused by abrupt braking or something else, they are designed to resist impacts… this stupid accident was caused by him gaining momentum and throwing himself against the plexiglass.”

The ski lift will be examined by police who are investigating the death.

Local radio station France Bleu reported that the man fell onto a piste marker and impaled himself.

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