Riders evacuated after lift de-ropes
April 17, 2015
A chair lift at Winter Park Resort was temporarily shut down and 36 riders evacuated after it experienced a de-ropement on Thursday, April 16.
Maintenance workers noticed the Zephyr Express cable was working its way out of the Tower 11 track around noon, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.
When workers stopped the lift, the cable jumped completely from the track into a safety catch, Hurlbert said.
Ski patrol spent about an hour evacuating riders from the lift.
Riders were never in any danger, Hurlbert said.
Maintenance workers remounted the cable, and the lift was up and running later Thursday afternoon.
A number of factors can cause a de-ropement, including wind, though Hurlbert said the resort had not identified a cause in Thursday's incident.
The Zephyr Express is a four-chair lift that runs from the Winter Park Base to Sunspot.