Things got out of hand between a skier and a snowboarder on a chairlift at Aspen Highlands this weekend. After conversing during the ride up the lift, the skier became outraged by what Seth Beckton—a snowboarder from Aspen—perceived as an innocuous comment. The skier then proceeded to throw Beckton off the lift where he fell 20-25 feet into soft powder and was un-injured.
“I honestly thought I was dead,” Beckton told the Aspen Times. “Because I didn’t know where we were (within the lift path). It’s not cool to think anyone would do that.”
The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. in the Loge Peak chair but Beckton didn’t report it until the end of the day. Which he then regretted as an earlier report would have given the mountain’s ski patrol time to act.
Apparently the two were having a conversation about the new snow when Beckton said he thought it was easier to get face shots on skis. Beckton says the skier might have misinterpreted the comment asking him, “are you making fun of me?”
“I thought it was kind of funny,” Beckton said. “I thought he might be joking. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I didn’t even think the comment was offensive.”
The skier than said, “If you think that’s funny, do you think this is funny?”
“(He) then grabbed me and pushed me off the chair,” explained Beckton.
The man was not located after the report was filed and Beckton has not filed criminal charges. The mountain has launched its own investigation in cooperation with the Pitkin County Sheriffs Department.