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Swiss ski resort officials have raised the alarm about a growing number of people posting dangerous videos performing illegal stunts on ski lifts like the stunt seen in this footage.
They said that several videos had appeared recently on TikTok which is used for short-form videos and warned the people involved are putting not just their own lives but the lives of others at risk as well.
This video shows a snowboarder who has climbed up to the wire from which a cable car is suspended, and is doing chin-ups. Despite the fact that the wheel which carries the support rope is getting ever nearer, the person seems in no rush to climb down.
Swiss media confirmed that the video was filmed in the country and the video of the snowboarder attracted 400,000 views and 42,000 likes.
Swiss officials however if they are caught they would not only lose their lift pass and receive a ban, and would also be prosecuted.
Another recent video showed a skier jumping from a lift at a height of 5 metres to land safely in the snow below, although when contacted by Swiss media the author admitted that many people would not be able to perform the stunt as you need to know how to land in the snow to avoid serious injury.
A spokesman for the Swiss resort of Flims / Laax and Flumserberg said the stunts were far from harmless and could cause serious injuries.
Eliane Bernasocch, a spokesman for Laax, said: “Unfortunately, winter sports enthusiasts are increasingly showing a lack of concern for their own safety, but also for the safety of third parties.”
She said all resorts had clear guidelines on which such stunts are not allowed, and that staff were on the lookout for troublemakers and would raise the alarm if spotted.
She said that the 25-year-old who claimed they knew what they were doing was not providing any justification. She said: “Experience has shown that risk can never be assessed hundred per cent correctly, not even by very experienced snow sports enthusiasts.”
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