Skiers Rescued After Gondolas Break at German Resort

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Some 60 skiers were trapped in gondolas for several hours at a southern German resort Tuesday after a technical problem halted the lift system, police said.

About a 100 firefighters and mountain rescue specialists helped to lower many of the trapped skiers to the ground from 30 stuck gondolas, police spokesman Harald Bauer said in nearby Bad Toelz. Others had to be airlifted by five helicopters to safety.

A technical failure with the lift system at the alpine Brauneck resort in Bavaria at about 10 a.m. triggered the automatic shutdown of the whole system, Bauer said. The rescue operation took about three hours.

None of the skiers were injured, despite below-freezing temperatures, Bauer said.

Brauneck boasts 21 miles of slopes. The mountain's summit is 5,102 feet high.