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Skiers stuck on terrifying lift with seats blown side to side

jen mills

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Hair-raising footage shows how ski lift seats swung wildly from side to side with people stuck high above the mountain.

Several people had to be rescued from the lift, in the Austrian ski resort of Vorarlberg, when Storm Eleanor arrived.

Their legs and skis can be seen dangling from the open seats as a snow storm rages around them.

The video really illustrates why lifts have to close in strong winds – would you want to be sitting there?

Skiers stuck on terrifying lift with seats blown side to side

Most terrifying ski lift in the world
(Picture: Twitter)
Most terrifying ski lift in the world
(Picture: Twitter)

It comes as several ski resorts in the French and Austrian Alps closed runs and lift systems over avalanche warnings.

Storm Eleanor claimed several lives after sweeping across Britain and Europe.

In France, a 21-year-old skiier was hit by a falling tree in France while in Spain a couple in their sixties were swept out to sea by a wave.

A mother and daughter also died after being hit by an avalanche in Vinschgau, in South Tyrol in Italy.

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