Some Aspen Highlands customers really earn their turns
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado – Hardy skiers and riders got even hardier Saturday at Aspen Highlands.
After hiking up to ski and ride Highland Bowl, numerous customers also had to hike out from the base of the bowl after the Deep Temerity chairlift broke down.
“We had to hike out with a couple of hundred people,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.
The Deep Temerity lift suffered some type of electrical problem, then switched to back-up diesel engine power, Hanle said. The diesel system also broke down because of overheating.
Some riders were caught on the stalled lift for about 30 minutes. Other customers found out when they reached the lower terminal of the Deep Temerity chairlift that they had to hike out to the junction of Grand Traverse and Boomerang Woods.
The customers who were caught on the stalled chairlift or required to hike out were given vouchers for $10 to $25 off food and drink at Skico restaurants, Hanle said. “We gave out a lot of voucher yesterday,” he said.
A couple from the United Kingdom who were stuck on the stalled chairlift were appreciative that they received anything for their inconvenience. “That would never happen in the French Alps,” the man said of the voucher.
Hanle said a crew from lift manufacturer Poma came to Highlands Sunday to work on the chairlift. The Skico tried to spread the word Saturday afternoon and evening that Highland Bowl wouldn’t be open Sunday. An announcement was made Saturday night at the well-attended downtown concert of Vampire Weekend. People groaned.
The lift will be operating Monday morning, Hanle said Sunday afternoon.