Outage at major resort strands skiers on lift for an hour

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A power outage at one of the largest ski resorts on the East Coast left skiers and snowboarders stuck on a lift for just over an hour Saturday, according to a spokeswoman.

A falling tree caused a power loss around 9:35 a.m. Saturday at the Killington Resort, stopping all lifts, resort spokesperson Courtney DiFiore said in a phone interview.

Most started running again shortly after, but it took about an hour and 10 minutes to get the Skyeship Gondola moving again. DiFiore said that she doesn't know how many people were affected but that the lift can carry 2,000 all told.

The Skyeship and two other lifts at Vermont's largest ski area are offline while they're being assessed. All others are running normally.

“We're very sorry for any inconvenience,” DiFiore said. “We did our best to get communication out there and get them taken care of.”