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[[caption-width-right:274:''[-Quand te reverrais-je\\
Pays merveilleux...-]'']]

A common Sitcom Trope. The protagonist(s) take a ski lift (most often of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairlift chairlift]] kind) and, somewhere in mid-trip, the cableway stops -- typically with the passengers too high to safely drop. In RealLife such incidents hardly ever last very long, but in comedy or drama, there's always some complications.

Contrast with CableCarActionSequence.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Happens in a recent Sprint Mobile ad.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Being stuck on a ski lift turns into an opportunity for murder in ''Manga/CaseClosed''/''Manga/DetectiveConan''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Frozen}}'' (2010), about three snowboarders stuck on a lift. Also, there were wolves. ''Also'' also, for better or worse, it wasn't forgotten for once that [[NobodyPoops you'd have to go to the bathroom eventually]].
* Used in the French cult movie ''Les Bronzés font du ski'' (pictured): the character thinks the lift has just stopped and tries to pass the time by singing -- by the time he decides to jump off, night has fallen. The scene is so well-known in France that when your ski lift stops, there's almost always someone around to hum the song.
* Happens in ''Film/OutCold'', wherein Pig Pen, while sleeping on the job, [[ImagineSpot dreams]] that he's a Film/JamesBond-style action hero, charged with rescuing the Solid Gold Dancers, who are trapped in a stalled gondola. Cut to reality, where Rick and Luke are actually stuck in a gondola as they wait for Pig Pen to wake up and let them out.
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* Used in the ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' episode "The Ski Lift" to force Larry and an orthodox Jewish woman to be "alone" together after sundown; since this isn't allowed under Jewish law if they're not married, she tells Larry he has to jump off if he's truly Orthodox (which he's pretending to be). When he refuses, she does it instead.
* Happens in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' to Barney and Robin while they were dating. They'd just started having a fight before the ski lift stopped, making their usual strategies for avoiding a fight (Barney leaves the room and/or Robin gets naked) useless.
* Invoked in an episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', where the gang intentionally stops the lift while Parker is on it in order to distract the mark.
* In ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', it happens to Teddy and Spencer.
* In the ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' "The Last Shout, Part 1", this happens to Patsy.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Happens to Homer Simpson, of course. He tries to get off but ends up hanging upside down. ("Come on, gravity! You used to be cool!")
* Happens in a season 2 episode of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' to the Winx and the Specialists. Since magic doesn't work where they are, they have to sew a glider made out of jackets to get out safely.
* Subverted/invoked in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''; it happens but there are other forces at work. Ginger's brother paid off the operator to stop it in order to break the world record for the longest time stuck on a ski lift.
* Happens to Scoutmaster Lumpus in the ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' episode "Snow Beans".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In the episode "Swiss Miss", Ray gets stuck on a ski lift when he's supposed to be protecting the daughter of a wealthy German dignitary.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'', this happens to Oscar in one episode, with various things keeping him from getitng out. [[spoiler: He manages to get out of it in the big race, but something happens later that makes him get stuck on the chairlift again]]. [[ShootTheShaggyDog At the end of the episode, he's still on the chairlift.]]
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