Monster avalanche destroys ski lift
An 8 meter avalanche destroys a running ski lift in St Francois-Longchamps, France on Friday 2nd March 2012 (click CC for English subtitles)
see also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OVme-7wJk
The lift operator let the chair lift run to make sure passengers were clear of the runout zone. She then got her colleague at the top station to stop the lift.