Gondola stops at The Canyons, stranding people for more than an hour
Some people were nervous Sunday afternoon sitting in steamy gondola cabins for more than 70 minutes as crews repaired the Flight of The Canyons. Those on the gondola who became desperate for ventilation forced open the windows.
The gondola at The Canyons resumed operations at about 5:55 p.m. after stopping at 4:42 p.m.
Ogden resident Erika Hunter said she was one of the first people to unload.
"It was really getting hot in there," she said.
"We didn’t think anything about it at first," Ogden resident Kyle Debungie said.
Clinton resident Chris Deitsch said he waved a makeshift flag from the window of the cabin to get the attention of gondola operators.
Salt Lake City resident Carly Heyrend said she and her friends kicked the window out of their gondola car. Parkite Amy Roberts was stuck alongside Heyrend near gondola tower 10 Sunday afternoon.
"It was hotter than the devil’s breath," Roberts said.
The Canyons should compensate those who were stuck on the gondola with free season passes, she said.
"It was the lack of information coming at us and the lack of compassion by the staff," Roberts added in an interview Sunday at the resort. "They’re all sorry about that You can’t predict those things."
Parkite Ben Ginster said he broke out the window in his gondola cabin "for survival."
Meanwhile, Canyons officials said the occurrence is rare.
"The gondola became inoperable [Sunday] for a period of time due to mechanical issues," Libby Dowd, a spokeswoman for The Canyons, said in a prepared statement. "It stopped at 4:42 p.m. and started back up at 5:55 p.m. when the mechanical issue was resolved."
She didn’t provide further details about why the gondola broke down.
No injuries were reported.
Ski patrollers made contact with people in the gondola cabins from both the top and bottom boarding areas, Dowd said.
"We do not anticipate any further mechanical complications this summer season," she said.
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