Derailed cable forces lift evacuation Saturday |

Derailed cable forces lift evacuation Saturday

JANE STEBBINSsummit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Ski patrollers at the Breckenridge Ski Resort spent about an hour Saturday evacuating skiers and boarders from the Snowflake Lift between Peaks 8 and 9 after a cable derailed.”It happens,” said ski resort public information officer Emily Jacob. “Instead of leaving all those people on the lift while we figured out what the problem was and fixed it, we felt it was more prudent to evacuate the lift so people could continue to enjoy their day.”Jacob was unsure how many people had to be evacuated.Precautions built into lift systems are designed to catch a derailed cable so it doesn’t fall from the lift towers. The Snowflake Lift is unique in that it transports people from the Four O’Clock bed base area, takes a 90-degree turn and drops them at the base of Peak 8. The dog-leg where the lift turns is a maze of cables and towers, but doesn’t experience problems often, Jacob said.”We’ve got a whole plan in place,” she said of the evacuation. “Ski patrol practices it all the time.”

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