Tiehack Express chairlift back in business
The Tiehack Express chairlift was repaired and back in operation by 2 p.m. Thursday at Buttermilk ski area.
The 4-year-old chairlift broke down at 11 a.m. Wednesday. After attempting to repair it for an hour, Aspen Skiing Co. officials decided to evacuate 80 passengers. The Buttermilk ski patrol was assisted by patrollers from Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass in an efficient operation.
Skico officials said the lift was disabled by an electrical issue. The backup diesel generator also broke down. The electrical issue was repaired Wednesday night, but the lift wasn’t fired up until a part was secured and the backup diesel generator was operational.
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