Snowboarder trapped on gondola sat suspended in the air for 15 hours overnight as she ‘screamed until she lost her voice’ as workers walked below at Lake Tahoe ski resort

  • Monica Laso was left stranded in a ski lift overnight for 15 hours after the lift stopped while she was suspended in mid-air
  • Laso was at the resort with friends who reported her missing to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
  • In an attempt to combat the cold, Laso rubbed her hands and feet together as temperatures dropped to 23 degrees.

A snowboarder spent 15 hours trapped in a ski lift gondola overnight amid freezing temperatures at a California resort.

Monica Laso boarded the gondola at the Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe around 5:00 p.m. Thursday to ride down the mountain because she was too tired to snowboard.

However, shortly after boarding, the gondola came to a complete stop – leaving her suspended in the air.

Laso screamed for help, but no one on the ground heard her and didn’t have her cell phone, so she couldn’t call for help either.

Talk to KCRALaso told the outlet: ‘I screamed desperately until I lost my voice.’

Monica Laso got on the gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe around 5pm on Thursday to ride down the mountain because she was too tired to snowboard

Monica Laso got on the gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe around 5pm on Thursday to ride down the mountain because she was too tired to snowboard

In an attempt to combat the cold, Laso rubbed her hands and feet together as temperatures dropped to 23 degrees.

Laso was at the resort with friends who reported her missing to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

She added: ‘I didn’t have a phone, a light or anything. I felt very frustrated.’

It wasn’t until Friday morning, when the gondola started again for the day, that staff realized she had been there overnight.

The ski resort, located on the southeast side of the lake near the California-Nevada border, is investigating “with the utmost seriousness” how Laso was trapped.

“The safety and well-being of our guests is our top priority at Heavenly Mountain Resort,” Tom Fortune, the resort’s vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Kim George, a battalion chief and spokeswoman for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, said sheriff’s deputies requested their paramedics around 8:30 a.m. Friday after Laso was discovered.

She was responsive and alert and refused to be transported to the hospital, George said.

The ski resort, located on the southeast side of the lake near the California-Nevada border, is investigating

The ski resort, located on the southeast side of the lake near the California-Nevada border, is investigating “with the utmost seriousness” how Laso was trapped.

A skier kicks some powder at Heavenly Ski Resort, in South Lake Tahoe, California

A skier kicks up some powder at Heavenly Ski Resort, in South Lake Tahoe, California

In her 23 years with the fire department, “we’ve never responded to anything like this,” George said. “I am very curious to hear the story.”

In 2016, a jury ordered a Vermont ski resort to pay $750,000 in damages to a woman who was left stranded on a gondola lift for more than five hours.

Nadine Price was at Killington Ski Resort in October 2011 when the incident occurred.

She boarded a gondola that would transport her to the top of the mountain and was left stranded when the resort closed the slopes due to inclement weather.

Initially, her attorney asked the jury to award his client $500,000, but the members unanimously agreed that she deserved more.