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One would hope that ski areas are refuges from human aggression, but no. On Sunday, a white male skier riding the Loge Peak chair apparently didn’t like snowboarder Seth Beckton’s whole snowboardness and shoved him off the lift. Beckton, a 25-year-old Aspen local, plummeted 20 to 25 feet and fortunately landed in a pillow of fresh snow.

“WARNING!” wrote Beckton on his Facebook page. “Be on the lookout for a skier chucking snowboarders off chairlifts. Yes, this is real…happened to me today while having a seemingly normal conversation riding up Loge chair at Highlands about pow when I made this comment “to get tits deep pow shots you just need to be on your edges.”

At Beckton’s powder remark, the man replied, “Are you laughing at me?”

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The boarder responded, “Kind of…yes??”

“I thought it was kind of funny,” Beckton told the Aspen Times. “I thought he might be joking. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I didn’t even think the comment was offensive.”

The man then said, “Well, is this funny?” and pushed him off the lift.

“I honestly thought I was dead,” Beckton. “Because I didn’t know where we were [within the lift path]. It’s not cool to think anyone would do that.”

Unhurt, Beckton was stunned but didn’t want to blow a powder day, so he didn’t report the incident until the end of the day, when it was too late to find the man. A liftee saw what happened-it was about 50 to 100 feet from the top of the lift-but didn’t stop the chair to prevent the aggressor from skiing away.

Deputy Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office encouraged Beckton to file a report. “I’ve been skiing since I was 2,” said Burchetta, “and I’ve never heard of anyone being thrown off a ski lift.

Photo of Highlands Bowl by Aspen Highlands

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.

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