21 Aug 2016

Skifield rescue after chairlift breaks

5:21 pm on 21 August 2016

A rescue of 170 people from a chairlift that broke down at the Mt Hutt skifield today has been successful.

Chairlifts at Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt webcams monitor conditions on the slopes. Photo: Mt Hutt skifield

One of the six-seater chairs got stuck near the summit just before midday.

Ski area manager James McKenzie said everyone was safely evacuated in about an hour and medically assessed, and none showed signs of exposure.

He said it was not yet known what caused the chairlift to stop.