Joining the many many other reasons that I've always used to justify my reluctance refusal to venture beyond the ski lodge bar is this nightmarish news of a chairlift malfunction in Wisconsin in the Chicago Tribune.
Michael Krisher had almost reached the top of a hill at the Devil's Head ski resort when the chair lift he was riding stopped. He wasn't concerned. Lifts stopped all the time when someone lost a ski or stumbled getting off. But after a moment the chair started to go backward -- slowly at first, then faster and faster. "As we were going down the hill, you could just hear people screaming at the bottom," Krisher said. "I've never heard screaming like that except in the movies."