Lightning forces lifts closed |

Lightning forces lifts closed


EAGLE COUNTY – A snowy spring thunderstorm forced Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek mountains to stop running chairlifts for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.All resorts stopped running chairlifts in mid-afternoon after spotting lightning in the area. Most of the lifts were back up and running by around 3 p.m. Vail Mountain opted to stay open until 4:30 p.m. – an extra half-hour to make up for the temporary closure.Keystone re-opened for night skiing on Wednesday night.Vail Mountain will restart lifts only until no lightning has been spotted for 20 minutes, said Jen Brown, Vail Mountain spokeswoman. The ski resorts commonly close their lifts for at least 20 minutes after lightning is spotted.The storm Wednesday brought wet snow in the higher elevations. The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of snow today, with a chance of snow for the weekend.

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