Power outage at Solitude leaves riders stuck on chairlifts

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2010 3:31 pm

Have you ever been stuck on a chairlift?  Nothing can be more frustrating when there are freshies below and all you want to do is ski!  Today, Solitude Resort in Utah lost power and it took about a hour before the backup generators were able to power up the lifts and get people back on the slopes.  Brighton tweeted not long ago that night skiing would be unavailable tonight because of powder issues.  I’m not sure if they are related.  Here is part of the article from the Salt Lake Tribune by Bob Mims and Nate Carlisle.  click here to read the full article.

A power outage at Solitude Ski Resort left nearly 600 customers without electricity Thursday afternoon — and left many winter sports enthusiasts stranded on the mountain’s chair lifts.

Among those left swinging from one lift, dangling about halfway to the top of the summit at Solitude, were Ed Rawlins, a 57-year-old financial planner from Johnson City, Tenn., and his 27-year-old nephew, naval aviator Austin Hulbert of Virginia Beach, Va.

“Yep, we’re about 40-50 feet up, it looks like. So, there’s no jumping,” Rawlins said told The Salt Lake Tribune from his cell phone while waiting out a nearly one-hour delay. “We were just riding this lift and it just suddenly stopped.”

A Solitude employee reportedly told skiers stranded on the Eagle lift that the outage was caused by a tree falling over a power line about 1 p.m. Rocky Mountain Power officials said the damage was extensive and it main service may not be restored until late Thursday night or early Friday.

The resort’s backup generator had the Apex lift moving again by 1:45 p.m. About 10 minutes later, the Summit lift was operating, too.