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Eager Aspen skiers face gondola delay

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” With Aspen Mountain loaded with some 13 inches of fresh snow on Monday morning, frustrated skiers waited nearly an hour past the 9 a.m. scheduled opening while ski patrollers cleared potential slide areas.

The elbow-to-elbow queue of anxious skiers trailed down the gondola steps and into the gondola plaza area, and Aspen Skiing Co. staffers distributed a little swag and apologies to the eager group.

Shortly before 10 a.m., gondola operators opened the floodgates, prompting shouts from the crowd, while a surge of pushing, shoving and name-calling broke out at the head of the line.

Skico officials said ice on gondola cables caused a delay in loading the buckets in the early morning, which kept ski patrollers from getting to work clearing potential slides.

With low visibility and a high danger of avalanche in the early morning, ski patrollers took pains to clear dangerous slide areas. Avalanche bombs on Aspen Mountain rattled town late Monday morning and into the early afternoon.

Many skiers expressed frustration that it’s not the first time Aspen Mountain skiers have been stalled on a big powder day. Skico officials could not be reached for comment.

See more on the late start to a powder day in Tuesday’s Aspen Times.

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