Video shot by onlookers in the Georgian ski resort of Gaudari showed terrified skiers jumping or falling from the carriages.
The lift reaches the bottom of a snow mountain where it comes to a pulley. As other carriages arrive, they crash into each other, leaving a tangled mess.
Horrified onlookers can be heard shouting in panic.
Though there have been some injuries, the video appears to show that most people got out in time, landing safely on the soft snow.