Aspen Skiing Co. has leads for Lift 1A replacement part

Staff report

Aspen Skiing Co. officials believe they have found possible sources for a replacement part they need to get Lift 1A at the base of Aspen Mountain back in operation.

Skico officials reached the Swiss manufacturer of the chairlift Monday and were given leads on four other resorts in the U.S. that possess the same specific type of equipment, Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said. The chairlift was shut down Dec. 30 when the lift-maintenance crew found a broken tooth on a gear. The other resorts are believed to have the part in storage or possess extra parts, according to Hanle. Skico is in the process of contacting the companies and making arrangements to purchase the part. A timeline for the lift’s repair should be known within 48 hours, Hanle said.