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    Default Rachel Zoe's son, 9, hospitalized after falling from ski lift in Colorado

    Wilson WongTue, December 22, 2020, 9:03 AM CST






    Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe opened up about the harrowing story of her 9-year-old son who fell from a ski lift in Colorado over the weekend.
    The incident, which took place on Sunday afternoon in the Aspen area, sent her son Skyler to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, Zoe wrote in an Instagram story Monday.
    "Sky fell 40 feet from a ski lift yesterday which could have been easily prevented if the operator had stopped the lift when he saw Sky wasn't on from the start,” Zoe said. She added that the ski operators ignored screams from her husband Rodger Berman to stop the lift.
    Jeff Hanle, a spokesperson for Aspen Skiing Company, told NBC News in a statement that ski personnel responded to a report of a child hanging from a ski lift in the Buttermilk ski area — better known as the frequent host of the ESPN Winter X Games.

    “Resort employees were able to place a number of pads under the chair. The boy was released and dropped approximately 20 feet to the pads below, where ski patrol was on scene,” Hanle said.
    Zoe said her and her husband were “shattered and numb,” but said it was a “miracle” her son was alive and called the ski rescue team “heroes.”
    She expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support, asking fans and friends to show their kids a little extra love in honor of his survival.
    “Sky was more braver than either of us and we continue [to] just kiss, hug, and simply just stare at him,” she said. “Hug your babies extra from us today.”
    Hmm, she says he fell from 40ft and the Spokesperson said 20ft. That is a big difference.

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    So, they were allowing him on the ski lift by himself and he somehow ended hanging from it?

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    little kids sometimes fall off the lift. but depending on the chair configuration, it would be odd that he was by himself.

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    My guess is that it was one of those lifts that have two seats side by side as you go up. And then people in front and behind you. It would not be difficult at all to slide out of that if you were screwing around - even if the lift operator were making sure you were okay as you went up.

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    it could be that or a one-seater pom. hard to tell from her statement.

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    When we used to go skiing/snowboarding, the lift was always stressful to me. I never skied until I was in my 20s, then I realized I really didn't like it & haven't skied in probably 15 years now. One time at a small resort, I didn't get off fast enough & they stopped it. I was so embarrassed! I'm trying to figure the situation where this kid was on a lift alone at his age.

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    If it's like the ski resort that I was at, there is minimal protection because the lifts (seats with horizontal bars that slide over them) have minimal protection, and never stop moving. So, you are supposed to flawlessly hop off the lift and start gliding to whatever part of the slope you are going to go down. There is no vertical bar (between your legs) going from the seat and the horizontal sliding bar -- because putting one in would mean they would have to stop the lift every time someone got off. I thought about this a lot as my son and I hung perilously over various evergreens and other landscape...

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    I smell a lawsuit....


    A 9-year-old boy had to be rescued from the West Buttermilk lift over the weekend and was dropped approximately 23 feet to pads placed below the lift, according to an Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman.

    The boy’s mother, fashion designer and reality TV star Rachel Zoe, said in a social media post that Skyler “fell 40 feet from a ski lift” and while she was angry with the lift operator she thanked the ski patrol. The child sustained minor injuries.

    The incident happened about 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the beginner area known as West Buttermilk.

    Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said in an email Tuesday that the boy got on the four-person lift at the midway station with his father, Rodger Berman, and a ski pro. It was unclear how the boy got into the trouble after that. Hanle said the lift stopped when the child was near tower 7, which is the first tower after the midway station where the group loaded.

    “He was being held by a ski pro and his father, who were on the chair with the child. Resort employees were able to place a number of pads under the chair,” Hanle wrote. “The boy was released and dropped to the pads below, where ski patrol was on scene. The height of the fall was approximately 23 feet.”

    Hanle said Skyler was treated by patrol, taken to the base area and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital by ambulance.

    The incident has been reported to the U.S. Forest Service, which leases the land, and the Colorado Tramway Board, which oversees chairlifts in the state. Hanle said Skico will follow up with the forest service as they continue their investigation.

    “Sky fell 40 feet from a ski lift (Sunday) which could have been easily prevented if the operator had stopped the lift when he saw sky (sic) wasn’t on from the start and (Berman) screaming to stop the lift,” Zoe wrote on an Instagram story. “Needless to say by a miracle and the Ski patrol heroes who quickly put a mat under where they thought he would fall ultimately saved his life or from what could have happened.”

    On an earlier post with a photo of her son in a hospital bed (he was treated for minor injuries and released), she wrote that her son was “doing great” and that she and her husband were “shattered and numb but woke up today with a gratitude for a miracle that Sky is safe and OK.” She added he was “sore and banged up a bit.”

    Zoe is a longtime fashion designer and writer and for five seasons was the star of a reality show called “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which started in 2008.

    “First and foremost, we are pleased to hear that the boy is feeling better. We were glad to hear that he was able to recover from this incident back at his hotel with his family shortly after evaluation by doctors at AVH,” Hanle said. “We are in touch with the family and will continue to follow up.”

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    ski lifts scare the crap out of me.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    that's just so odd. wonder what happened since he was with his dad and a guide/pro.

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    Not to sound unfeeling, but what was the kid doing on the lift while escorted by his dad and a ski pro to get into this situation?

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    I don't understand how he got into trouble in the first place and why 2 grown men couldn't pull him back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    I don't understand how he got into trouble in the first place and why 2 grown men couldn't pull him back in.
    I was thinking of this myself. The only thing I can think of is maybe he was on one side and the two grown men were on the other side and somehow it tilted? Weird. I hope he recovers OK.
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    Sounds odd. Like how? Just... I don't know.. Hope he recovers fast..

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