Chair Breaks, Rider Skis Away

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SAM Magazine-Aspen, Colo., Apr. 16, 2007-It's the kind of happy ending story that you don't expect when a bad thing happens to a chairlift with customers on board. A chair on Aspen Mountain's Ruthie's Express failed due to metal fatigue on Apr. 15 and broke, spilling one skier to the ground. The modest fall of 10 feet didn't faze the rider, who skied away, leaving two fellow skiers hanging onto the lift. They were subsequently evacuated by the patrol and the lift closed for inspection. \