I dropped my Go Pro off a chair lift
Spending over a decade as a visitor to ski resorts, there was one thing that always made me chuckle; people who dropped items from the chair. Having taken countless chairs in various conditions I just couldn’t see how it was possible.
I regularly change my gloves, re adjust my helmet, eat food or even remove or add layers whilst sitting on a chairlift. I mean it’s better than wasting time at the top right. I thought that I was fairly competent at this and would allow a smile to creep across my face if ever I saw someone doing the search of shame beneath a chairlift. NO MORE. I no longer have that privilege as I am now well and truly part of that not so distinguished club.
It was my second day up at The Remarkables in New Zealand and I was busy trying to film some footage for our Youtube channel. I was taking Shadow Basin Chair and was taken by the great vantage point it gives across The Remarks ski area (if you are bothered to turn your shoulders.) As the chair began to rise I thought I could get a sweeping pano of the resort and this would look great on film. One issue, as I extended the pole upon which the Gopro was positioned it became unclipped. Initially falling towards my lap, bouncing off my knee…as it left the chair I tried to catch it on my snowboard but only managed to bump it further away from the chair. I looked down in shock as the Gopro, a camera I had waited years to buy fell into the snow beneath the chair on only its third day of use..What to do?
Thinking relatively quickly I took a note of the nearest lift pole number and took a photo of the area from above. Luckily enough being early season and with The Remarkables having had a poor start with snow the camera actually fell into the long grass below. I think this is the only reason the camera did not slide down further meaning it would probably have been lost forever.
This stroke of luck did not mean that I would get the camera back as the run it fell onto was not easily accessible. Due to the conditions the run was closed and this meant a hike would be in order. Looking at the photo below which was taken from the bottom lift station the camera was dropped near the third lift pole in view. As you can tell it was not exactly skiable. The run to the right of the photo ‘Waterfalls’ was also closed.
Fortunately the staff were great and after a short chat with the lift staff a ski patroller, Grice, agreed to come and help me search. Riding down Waterfalls we stopped adjacent to Pole 3 and made the hike to beneath the lift. We looked for close to 10 minutes and then Grice popped up saying he had found it. I honestly am so grateful to Grice as Ski Patrol have far more important things to do than help me to look for a GoPro. His help was vital in the search and I think without him it would have meant a lost camera and a pretty poor start to the trip. When I return to Queenstown at the end of the trip there will be some beers on the way to Grice at the ski patrol hut.