A horrifying incident was uploaded to Instagram today showing the terrifying moments in which a ski lift malfunctioned in the popular Gudauri Ski Resort in Georgia. The video shows skiers jumping out of the ski lifts even before reaching the exiting area to save themselves from ending up in a huge tangled pile-up of lifts.

Around 11 people have minor injuries, however, officials say none of the individuals have life-threatening injuries, according to The Telegraph.

Georgia Health Minister David Sergeenko said in a statement that, “Only two cases need to be observed.

One of the injured, a citizen of Ukraine, has broken a hand during the incident, and has a light injury on the head, while another, a citizen of Sweden, is pregnant and feels pain in the waist.”

Instagram videos showing horrifying incident

Below is one of the videos that have been uploaded to Instagram, by Alena Pakhomova, where it clearly shows the lift sliding backwards and operating at a much higher speed than normal.

It is still unknown as to what caused the ski lift to malfunction but an investigation has been launched under Article 275 of Georgia’s Criminal Code to establish what happened. The code deals with safety violations and the operation of railway, water, air or cable traffic movement.

There was a second video uploaded by @snegoweek showing skiers flying off the lifts into the snow. It shows the true extent of the incident. People are heard shouting “Jump,” to urge skiers to jump off the lifts before reaching the pile-up of chairs below.

The Gudauri ski resort

Gudauri is a ski resort situated on the Greater Caucus Mountain Range in Georgia, 120 km north of the capital Tbilisi.

The resort is located at an elevation of 2,200 meters, with the ski season lasting from December to April.

It is usually a very popular ski resort for enthusiasts, as shown in the below video, with large quantities of natural snow. It is considered an ideal territory due to it’s location in the surrounding peaks on the border between Europe and Asia.

There are 32.5 km of slopes available and lifts that take skiers up to 3,279 m elevation to reach Mt. Sadzele.

It is hoped that the cause of this will be quickly identified to ensure ski resorts around the world can safeguard their ski lifts based on the findings. Luckily there were no fatalities on this occasion and it is hoped that all involved make a speedy recovery.

In other news, there was an incident in January this year also involving a Swedish skier who lost his life.