Fernie, British Columbia- In terms of lift delays, there are typically a few common denominators, like heavy winds, ice, or a mechanical issue. One thing you don’t hear quite often is that a porcupine delayed a lift opening.

On Thursday morning, the Timber chairlift at Fernie Alpine Resort had a delayed opening. This was due to a porcupine nibbling on the chairlift’s wiring. When the lift maintenance crew discovered the issue in the morning, they took a picture of the porcupine and got to work on rewiring the missing pieces. The Timber chairlift opened to the public at 9:16 a.m.

Allegedly, this isn’t the first time that something like this happened at Fernie. One Instagram media commentator said that a porcupine caused an extended closure of the White Pass chairlift. Fernie’s social media account liked this comment, so it must be true. Ultimately, the situation is an excellent reminder for lifties and lift maintenance members to be mindful of their surroundings and frequently inspect lifts, as animals could chew away at critical parts.

Image Credits: Fernie Alpine Resort

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