Malfunction halts gondola Sunday |

Malfunction halts gondola Sunday

Aspen Times Staff Report

A minor mechanical malfunction brought the Silver Queen Gondola to a halt Sunday, leaving skiers stranded in the buckets for close to 40 minutes.

No evacuation was necessary. Skiers who were forced to sit and wait on the gondola, which serves Aspen Mountain, were given a $40 credit toward a future lift ticket.

“I think people are pretty good about it,” said Maureen McDonald, communications director for the Aspen Skiing Co. Such kinds of occasional problems are part of skiing, she said. “It’s kind of unavoidable.”

The lift ticket credit typically soothes annoyed customers, she added.

The breakdown occurred at midday, so the buckets were not likely packed the way they would be at the start of the ski day.

High winds forced the gondola to shut down on Sunday, Jan. 24 – also for about 40 minutes.

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