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Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola set to reopen after mechanical shutdown

January 1, 2014, 6:01 pm

Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola will reopen Thursday morning after being shut down for mechanical reasons for the last three days of the busy holiday season, Aspen Skiing Company officials announced today.

“After working through the night and the day, crews will reopen the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain Thursday morning, Jan. 2,” Aspen spokesman Jeff Hanle wrote in an email this morning. “Cabins are being placed on the line this afternoon, all systems will be tested and the gondola will be ready for loading staff, First Tracks passengers and the general public as scheduled tomorrow morning.

Aspen Silver Queen Gondola

Aspen’s Silver Queen Gondola will reopen Thursday after a three-day mechanical shutdown (Aspen Skiing Company photo).

“We apologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience. We would also like to acknowledge and thank everyone who worked non-stop to make the repairs and reopen the gondola.

A routine inspection Sunday night uncovered an oil leak in the bull wheel bearings in the gondola’s upper terminal. Aspen and Poma brought in parts to fix the problem over the past three days, and no skiable terrain was closed due to the temporary shutdown.

Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk each received two inches of new snow overnight Tuesday. Snowmass got three inches new.

“A good powder morning today for northern Colorado with 4-8 inches on the report and a few more inches through the afternoon,” reported today. “Look for dry weather on Thursday and Friday, then the next storm should bring 3-6+ inches to northern and central Colorado on Friday night and Saturday. Another storm is possible on Wednesday/Thursday, January 8/9.”


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