Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain shut down for mechanical reasons |

Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain shut down for mechanical reasons

Staff report

For the second straight year, Aspen Mountain was snake bit by mechanical issues to a critical ski lift during the busy holiday period.

Lift 1A, also known as the Shadow Mountain chairlift, couldn’t answer the call this morning. “Lift 1A will not be running today due to mechanical issues,” Skico wrote on its Twitter account at about 8 a.m. “Please use Silver Queen gondola and Bell chair. Thanks for your understandin!”

On its website, Skico said the Little Nell Chair is running at the base in addition to the Silver Queen Gondola. Skiers and riders can access the Bell Mountain Chairlift after riding the Little Nell chair.

“There is lift served skiing on the lower west side to Tower 7 Road and back to the Gondola,” Skico said on its website.

No further information was immediately available on the mechanical issue or the length of time the lift is expected to be out of service.

The Silver Queen Gondola broke down last season on Dec. 29-31. Skico had to replace bearings in the massive bull wheel of the upper lift station.

The loss of the gondola was much more of a blow since it moves significantly more riders and travels to the top of the mountain.

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