My little brother fell off a ski lift about 4 years ago. He slipped right as his feet came off the snow at the start and was hanging, but didn't drop right away because he assumed someone would stop the lift and he could drop while it was still. By the time he realized nobody who worked there was monitoring the lift, it was too far to drop safely. He tried to hang on until the top, but slipped. His friend grabbed his hand, but that only lasted a couple seconds until his glove slipped off. He fell 46 ft. However, he had been snowboarding their "park" and was wearing a helmet, thank god. He got the wind knocked out of him and ended up with compression fractures of his T6 and 7 vertebrae, but was otherwise fine.
Just goes to show you that the human body can take crazy falls if it lands just right.