Town Lift inoperable until rare part is replaced
December 2, 2011
Park City Mountain Resort on Friday delayed the opening of the Town Lift, indicating that a difficult-to-find part needs to be replaced before the lift will start running.
The resort did not outline a timetable for the opening. Andy Miller, a spokesman for PCMR, said it is "a bit of a rarer part" of the lift that needs to be replaced. He did not immediately have information about the part’s role in the overall operation of the lift.
The Town Lift is considered an older model lift. That means other lifts within PCMR parent Powdr Corp.’s family of resorts do not have an extra part available to provide to PCMR, Miller said.
"It’s not readily available anywhere in the world at this moment," he said.
Miller said the Town Lift operated without problems last summer. It passed inspection by state safety regulators in mid-October, he said. But PCMR crews readying for the opening of the lift earlier in the week discovered the part needed to be replaced.
PCMR had hoped to open the Town Lift this weekend. The three-person lift links lower Main Street with the slopes. It climbs 1,170 feet in 13 minutes, according to the resort. It has a capacity of 1,800 skiers or snowboarders in an hour.
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The resort will keep the ticket windows at the bottom of the Town Lift open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. daily. Resort hosts will direct skiers and snowboarders onto free city buses headed to the PCMR base area.