A base jumper who forced open the doors of a Whistler ski resort gondola before launching himself out at over 1400 feet may have more than just memories of the stunt to contend with.
The unknown jumper, who posted his illegal exploits to YouTube invoking the name of the late base jumper Shane McConkey, has raised the ire of resort operator Whistler Blackcomb, who say they are working with RCMP to press charges and recoup damages.
The dangerous dive took place on the afternoon of Feb. 6 from a cabin on the Peak 2 Peak gondola at the highest point above Fitzsimmons Creek.
The jumper is wearing a camera in the video, so only his female companion can be seen as they prepare. The gondola doors have quite clearly been tampered with and are being forcibly kept open.
After about two minutes the jumper begins climbing out of the cabin, before letting go and parachuting to the ground. When he lands, he turns the camera around and grins into the lens.
In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post B.C., Whistler Blackcomb confirmed that an extensive search had taken place to locate the jumper, who has yet to be apprehended.
"As soon as the cabin used for the BASE jump arrived at Blackcomb’s station it was pulled off the line for inspection," the statement reads. " It has been confirmed the doors and the opening and locking system of the cabin had been damaged. Safety systems prevent the doors from opening on their own. Brute force and mechanical advantage was used to open the doors while the gondola was in motion.
"Whistler Blackcomb takes tampering with a lift system very seriously and is working with the RCMP to press charges and recoup damages."
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