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Woman Trapped on Ski Lift Overnight

Photo in Courtesy of Ski in Luxury

Winter activities have commenced! Northern resorts and attractions are booming, and travelers can enjoy a snowy escape. Some of the most popular activities are ice skating, sledding, snowboarding, and skiing. For this woman, a vacation filled with skiing and laughter, turned into a dangerous environment she tried to get away from.

Lake Tahoe, a beautiful body of water touching California and Nevada, is home to some gorgeous mountains. With these mountains, people seek adrenaline and head to ski resorts located in the area, which range from all sorts of different choices.

Monica Laso and her friends planned a getaway to Heavenly Ski Resort, a resort in California, anticipating thrill-chasing activities and relaxation. On Thursday, she was ready to go and approached a worker to take a gondola down to the bottom of the mountain at 4:58 PM. At 5:00 PM, the lift abruptly stopped.

A panic set in, as she tirelessly called out for help until she lost her voice. She had no phone or source of light, hours past by, temperatures were below freezing and she kept warm by rubbing her hands and feet together. Monica Laso’s friends set in a report for her disappearance after not seeing her back at the resort.

To make matters worse, there was even a deadly avalanche warning – Laso was sitting in the 23°F, Frigid, pitch black night, just hoping that someone would find her,

At 8:30 AM The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department received a call about a freezing woman, she was only found by the staff because they continued the gondolas movement for the next morning. Luckily, she was not injured in any way — just extremely cold.

Laso got very lucky in this situation, there were incredible risks, like hypothermia.Hypothermia is when the body can no longer produce heat, being exposed to cold like this can lead to cardiac arrest.

The resort states that they are handling this situation with seriousness, and they want to ensure that all guests know that they safety is their top priority when being there.

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Mackenzie Lynch, Writer
Hi, my name is Mackenzie Lynch! I am a sophmore and this is my first year in Newspaper Club. I am so excited to write stories this year as that is what I love to do in my free time. This is such an incredible oppurtunity and I cannot wait to work with other talented writiers. Here are a few otheer things that I do -- I am on the cheerleading team, gymnastics team, a dancer at Winthrop School of Performing Arts, I am active in Student Council, Math club, and of course Newspaper Club. As said before I cannot wait to advance my writing in these articles and intrigue people with my stories in addition to me reading other people's stories. Thank you for reading!

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    Chris Summa c/o Winthrop High SchoolFeb 6, 2024 at 10:14 am

    OMG! I would have panicked too! What a scary situation to be in. I’m just glad that they were able to get to Monica before anything worse could have happened to her! I enjoyed reading this article, Mackenzie. It was an intense read (which I enjoy) with a very happy ending. Thank Goodness. Great job!!!