We know the opening of Park City Mountain wasn’t great, but we do have one thing to be thankful for… at least our chairlifts didn’t fall out of the sky.
It appears that on Sunday, at Vail’s Heavenly resort in Tahoe, a chair lift did just that. SF Gate reports that “Nearly 70 people were evacuated from a ski lift at Heavenly Mountain Resort Sunday after one of the chairs suddenly fell, prompting operators to shut down the aerial conveyor.”
In the aftermath of operational problems during the last snow storm in Park City, Vail’s Park City Chief Operating Officer Bill Rock said, “Snow safety is something we’re never going to sacrifice,” he said. “Guest and employee safety is important for us.” Much like in Park City where Mr Rock said that 40 minute lift lines were not due to understaffing, we’re pretty sure that Vail’s Heavenly resort would say something like… “Guest safety was never sacrificed… it was an EMPTY chair that fell to the ground.”
In all seriousness though, things do happen, and everything carries a risk. So is this something to worry about at our Park City resorts? Probably not… but it does bare watching.
h/t to a friend of the Park Rag who gave us the heads up on Heavenly