WINTER PARK, Colo. (CBS4)– Dozens of skiers and boarders were rescued from a chairlift after it jumped its tracks at Winter Park on Thursday afternoon.
Winter Park spokesman Steve Hurlbert told CBS4 news, “We had what’s called a lift de-ropement” where the lift jumped off the track.READ MORE: Colorado Snow Totals: Boulder County Gets More Than A Foot
The Zephyr Express, one of the main lifts at Winter Park, jumped the track just an inch or two at Tower 11 just before noon Thursday. The lift was shut down and ski patrol started evacuating 36 skiers and boarders on the lift.
They used a rope to evacuate the lift which took about 30 minutes. No one was injured or in danger.READ MORE: More Jobs Become Available As Colorado Reopens, Prepares For Post Pandemic
“There’s a catch on the towers, so it didn’t drop,” explained Hulbert.
Winter Park will inspect the lift and fix the issue. The lift may be up and running before the slopes close on Thursday.MORE NEWS: U.S. House Passes SAFE Banking Act To Give Cannabis Industry Access To Banking Services
Everyone who was evacuated received gift certificates to Winter Park.