Copper Mountain reports that one of its gondolas fell from cable during testing period

Posted at 7:08 AM, Nov 27, 2018

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Copper Mountain reported that one of its gondolas fell to the ground during a testing period. 

The incident happened around 11 a.m. Monday on Copper Mountain's American Eagle lift, which is currently under construction. A release from the ski area said the gondola detached from its cable and fell just after exiting the base terminal. Staff were testing the lift at this time and it was not open to the public.

Nobody was injured. 

A review by Leitner-Poma, the manufacturer and construction contractor, indicated that no critical components were damaged in the fall.

In the release, Copper Mountain said, "The safety of our employees, contractors and guests is our number one priority. 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."