It was a wonderful ski day on the plateau of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia at the Gudauri Ski Resort, until a malfunction caused ski lift backwards motion at high speed to fling skiers from their chairs.
The chair lift accident occurred when the broken ski lift was put into reverse gear by the mountain staff, which made the machine malfunction wildly.
The full video below shows the mayhem, viewer discretion is advised :
Some skiers and snowboarders managed a ski lift jump evactuation just in time. While other people hung on for dear life until they reached the bottom, where they were the thrown violently through the air and smashed by the next chairs flying down the line. There have been various gondola accident in the past, but nothing quite as bizarre as this.
At least one skier appeared to be caught on the ground near the chairs' lowest point, where a stack of deformed metal chairs would certainly later on collect as they banged right into one that had fallen off the cord.
Throughout, howling observers can be heard pleading for the lift to be quit.
10 people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries