Boy falls off chairlift in Snowmass
A young boy fell off the Village Express six-pack chairlift at Snowmass Ski Area on Friday, but was unharmed, according to an Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman.
The unidentified boy, who was visiting the area, according to SkiCo spokesman Jeff Hanle, slid off the chair as it was departing the loading terminal, and was hanging onto one of the other passengers on the chair. The lift was stopped as the chair neared the top of the “Skittles” gondola near the village mall, and SkiCo personnel responded by placing padding underneath the chairlift. The padding apparently worked, as the boy fell to the slope and escaped serious injury, Hanle said.
“It was a good save,” Hanle said.
The first lady has departed
Law enforcement officers from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Police Department were on hand this past weekend assisting the United States Secret Service with First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Aspen.
In total, 22 deputies and officers took part in a coordinated, planned incident working together with members of the Secret Service and Colorado State Patrol. About 400 man hours were dedicated to the event, which began Friday and ended Monday. Officers and deputies were assigned to traffic and security duties.
The visit was managed locally with the public in mind, attempting to minimize its impact on residents and visitors of Aspen and Pitkin County. Highway 82 remained open.