Colorado Ski Area Closes After Surprise Chairlift Inspection Reveals 'Issues'

Colorado Ski Area Closes After Surprise Chairlift Inspection Reveals 'Issues'

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Colorado Ski Area Closes After Surprise Chairlift Inspection Reveals 'Issues'

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Known for its night skiing, Hesperus Ski Area outside Durango is a local's favorite for night skiing | Photo (+Cover Photo):

Known for its night skiing, Hesperus Ski Area outside Durango is a local’s favorite for night skiing | Photo (+Cover Photo): 4CornersTV

Those who consider Hesperus Ski Area their home ski hill will have to relocate until sometime mid-march after The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board discovered multiple “issues” concerning chairlift operations.

Related: Family Sues Ski Area | Child Jumped From Chairlift After Being Left Stranded

According to The Durango Herald, the inspectors found multiple “deficiencies” in their surprise visit that included insufficient training for lift ops, maintenance issues, as well as problems with record keeping and signage. Those findings ultimately prompted a voluntary closure by resort officials who will begin work immediately with the hopes of reopening sometime mid-March.

“The Hesperus Ski Area has voluntarily shut down to address maintenance and operation issues that were identified during a routine inspection by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board.” – Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board

The surprise inspection was completed between February 20th and 21st and was followed shortly thereafter by the resort’s closing. Until they reopen, Purgatory will honor Hesperus season passes. However, by the time they can reopen it may be too late. The ski area closed last ski season on March 7th. A post on the ski areas homepage indicates that the resort is closed for what they refer to as “deferred maintenance and will reopen as soon as possible.”

Find the entire Durango Herald article here: Inspection finds several ‘deficiencies’ at Hesperus Ski Area

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