Kicking Horse Gondola Rescue "Insane Ride"

  • Jan 6, 2016 8:41am GMT

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR) is a ski resort located just outside of Golden, British Columbia, Canada. It features what is currently the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, at 4,133 feet (1,260 m) it's only 6 feet (1.8 m) shorter than Jackson Hole. The hill is served primarily by a high-speed gondola, the Golden Eagle Express, that rises from the base area to the peak.

As you can see in the video below by a young gamer calling himself 'Itz Frenzy', the gondola can sometimes come to an unexpected stop. Yesterday an electrical failure shut it down and the resort initiated their air evacuation plan. The 16 year old, who's real name is Kody Lapointe, said that he and his dad were "insanely excited" after realizing they'd be rescued by helicopter. "Got stuck on gondola but the KHMR resort team rescued us and we got a sweet ride out of it!" he added.

Watch the helicopter and crew go to work below. Crews had to rescue about 75 people in all.

The resort was named after the nearby Kicking Horse River and Kicking Horse Pass, although the resort is in the Purcell Mountains while the Kicking Horse is across the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Rocky Mountains.