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More than 150 evacuated from stuck chairlift at Vt. ski resort

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This Nov. 15, 2012 file photo shows skiers hiking up the mountain at the Stowe resort as snow guns make fresh snow in Stowe, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

STOWE, Vt. — A Vermont ski resort says more than 150 skiers and snowboarders were evacuated off of a chairlift that got stuck.

Stowe Mountain Resort spokesman Jeff Wise says the Lookout Double lift stopped operating about 10:30 a.m. Sunday due to an electrical issue. Mychampaignvalley.com reports Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol started evacuating shortly afterward. All were safely off the lift by 1 p.m.

The patrol used rope to rappel people down, one-by-one.

Some were stranded for hours. Keri Crafts, of Burlington, and her two daughters were about halfway up when the lift stopped. She told WCAX-TV they sat there for about 2 ½ hours, and at one point, she saw people start to jump from chairs to the ground. She said they were “so frozen.”