Durham regional police are crediting a 7-year-old classmate and ski resort staff for helping save a boy who fell from a chairlift at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge on Thursday. 

The boy was seated on the chairlift with three other classmates when he lost his ski as he headed up the hill, according to police. 

He slipped off the seat when he turned to look back at his fallen ski and his classmate quickly grabbed him and held him for two minutes. 

Police say ski resort staff stopped the lift and quickly set up a net below the boy, who was dangling more than 20 metres off the ground. 

The boy fell into the net and then bounced off and onto the hill, according to police. 

He was transported to Sick Kids in Toronto with serious injuries. He remains in hospital recovering on Friday. 

Police say the classmate who held the boy and the ski resort staff will be recommended for citizen recognition awards.