Mines Physics grad, pro slackliner rescues skier hanging from chairlift

A Colorado School of Mines physics graduate used his slacklining skills to rescue a friend hanging from a chairlift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, climbing a ski lift tower and sliding across 30 feet of cable before cutting the man's entangled backpack.

Mickey Wilson '11, MS '12, a professional slackliner and part-time ski instructor at Arapahoe Basin, was interviewed by Good Morning America, which featured footage of the dramatic rescue. The skier was treated for injuries, including a broken rib, but was released from the hospital Thursday, Wilson said.

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Durango Herald: Durango High graduate makes daring chairlift rescue

Good Morning America: Professional Slackliner Describes Rescuing Skier Dangling from Chairlift

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