Copper Mountain gondola cabin falls from line during testing of new lift |

Copper Mountain gondola cabin falls from line during testing of new lift

Eli Pace
Summit Daily News

FRISCO — During testing of the new American Eagle lift Monday at Copper Mountain Resort, a gondola cabin broke free and fell to the ground just after exiting the base terminal.

The lift was not open to the public, and no one was injured. A statement from the resort said the lift is currently under construction.

A review by Leitner-Poma, the manufacturer and construction contractor, indicated that no critical components were damaged and the resort does not anticipate any delays as a result of the mishap, according to the statement.

“The safety of our employees, contractors and guests is our number one priority,” the statement reads. “Copper is working closely with the Leitner-Poma team and the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board to ensure that, once completed, the American Eagle lift will operate safely and reliably.”

The American Eagle Lift was a high-speed quad that the resort replaced earlier this year with a Leitner-Poma high-speed lift that features a combination of six-person chairs and eight-person gondola cabins.

The new lift, which is scheduled to open Saturday, is expected to increase uphill capacity by more than 40 percent.

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