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Crystal Mountain gondola opening delayed again after cable stretches

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
December 21, 2010 1:36 pm

The opening of the new gondola at Crystal Mountain ski area has been delayed for the third time.

Crystal Mountain spokeswoman Tiana Enger says the opening will be moved back “at least a week” after the cable stretched over three feet during load testing. It is not unusual for the cable to stretch, but it “stretched beyond the acceptable amount,” Enger siad.

Enger says the cable will need to be re-spliced.  The gondola was set to open Thursday.  A new opening date has not been announced. The ski area had originally hoped to unveil the gondola Dec. 10.

The $5.5 million lift will be the first gondola installed at a Washington ski area.

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