Burst Snowmaking Pipe Sends Gondolas Swinging at Stratton

A large pipe broke on Christmas Eve at Stratton Mountain Resort, sending a gush of water into the path of the mountain’s gondola.  Videos circulating on social media show a few cabins bearing the brunt of the geyser and Stratton Mountain Resort released the following statement via yesterday’s snow report:

“At about 3:30 pm Christmas Eve, a break in a snowmaking pipe on Lower Standard sent water at a 45 degree angle toward the gondola.  Snowmaking computers showed a drop in pressure and operators immediately began the process of shutting down the system. The operations team simultaneously stopped the lift, restarting it slowly to reposition the cabins. Approximately seven minutes later, the gondola made its way to the summit where guests disembarked. We are pleased to report that no one was injured in what was a scary episode for seven skiers and riders in two gondola cabins. The gondola is running as usual today and snowmaking operations continue using alternate pipes in the network.”

The Poma-built Stratton Mountain Gondola opened in 1988 and received 58 new Sigma Diamond cabins in 2014.  I’m thankful the water line broke near the gondola and not under an open chairlift.  Great job Stratton crews moving cabins out of harm’s way and getting the water stopped so quickly.

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2 thoughts on “Burst Snowmaking Pipe Sends Gondolas Swinging at Stratton

  1. Max Hart December 27, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen that before! Glad nobody was hurt; it looks like Stratton mtn. ops. handled the situation very well. Blowouts aren’t uncommon, but I’ve never seen one blasting water at a lift before!

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