Chairlift chairs

Aspen Skiing Co. is looking for a missing chairlift chair.

The chair, which had been removed from the Bell Mountain chairlift on Aspen Mountain for maintenance, went missing sometime during the last week of August. According to a press release, the chair had been stored near the upper terminal on top of Bell Mountain.

According to SkiCo, the lift cannot run without all of its chairs in place, and replacement chairs may be impossible to find due to the age of the lift. The Bell Mountain lift does not run every day, but is critical during early season of a low snow year and in the case of issues with the Silver Queen Gondola.

The Bell chair is also used on closing day during the Bell Mountain Buck-off mogul extravaganza.

“I’m certain someone thought this would make a cool bench in their backyard and didn’t consider the bigger impacts this could have,” said JT Welden, Aspen mountain manager, in a press release. “We all want the Bell chair to spin this year so we are hopeful that the chair is returned and we can get ready for great season.”

The release went on to say that, “the skiing and riding community would very much appreciate the return of the chair ... no questions asked.”

Anyone with information about the missing chair is asked to contact Aspen Mountain administration at 970-920-0751, or to simply return the chair to the mountain.