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Powerless on Aspen Mountain

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A downed power line pulled the plug on Aspen Mountain on Monday morning.

Powder hounds eagerly awaiting turns in some 9 inches of fresh snow had to exercise patience after trees loaded with snow fell across a power line on Tourtelotte Park in the early hours Monday.

The broken line severed power to the Aspen Moun­tain gondola, as well as Ajax Express lift, Gentleman’s Ridge lift, and the Sundeck and Bonnie’s, two on-­mountain restaurants, according to Peter King, Aspen Mountain manager.

Lift crews switched to diesel engines to rush ski patrollers up the slopes to clear any potential ava­lanches, and the first skiers boarded the gondola some 30 minutes late, at 9:30 a.m, King said.

Holy Cross crews restored power to the lifts and restaurants shortly before noon.

Mountain operations are occasionally delayed because of high winds or dangerous avalanche condi­tions, King said, but Monday’s incident was the first time King had heard of an all-mountain power cut.


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