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New Gondola Falls off Cable at Copper During Testing, No Injuries

There’s good news and bad news for those of you who plan to ski and snowboard at Copper Mountain this weekend. The bad news is that the new American Eagle lift which will combine 6-person chairs with 8-person gondolas experienced some technical difficulties on Monday when one of the new cabins fell during testing. The empty gondola hit a piece of material on the lift-line which derailed it and sent it falling to the ground.

Related: We are Grateful for Snow and Opening Days

The good news is that no one was injured during the fall, and only minor damage was sustained to the gondola cabin. The testing that Copper was conducting had employees loading hundreds of boxes full of water onto the empty gondolas to mimic the weight of skiers and boarders before sending them up the line. That’s what testing is for anyway, right? But the best news is that the new lift is still expected to open for this weekend, and with all the snow Colorado has been getting lately, this has to have some of you frothing.

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Missing Heavenly Skier’s Body Found in Deep Snow
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On the morning of disappearance Heavenly report 19" of new snow. YoTut Flickr Photo.   On Tuesday a man’s body was recovered from deep snow less than 100 feet from the Comet run at Heavenly Mountain Resort. He was reported missing at 11:30 a.m. on Monday and was last seen by his girlfriend. RELATED: JHMR Ski Patrol Triggers Avalanche with Massive Crown According to the Mercury News, the 62-year-old, Brett Herrick, was skiing off-piste in the Aries woods before his death.

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Three skiers have died in Colorado avalanches since the weekend. Two skiers, training for the Grand Traverse race near Crested Butte were killed in a slide on Saturday. On Tuesday, a solo skier was buried by a remotely triggered slide near Telluride. This brings Colorado’s avalanche death toll to five for the season. RELATED: Missing Heavenly Skier's Body Found in Deep Snow Owen Green and Michael Goerne were reported missing on Saturday night; their bodies were

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February 2019: Jackson Hole’s Snowiest On Record
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Jackson residents have spent a lot of time digging their cars out this month. Max Ritter photo. With over 100" of snow during February 2019, and more on the way, Jackson Hole has easily broken the record of 92" set in February 2017. The month started with 12 consecutive days of snowfall, producing several epic powder days.  Not only that, but the ridiculous snowfall set the stage perfectly for one of Jackson's rowdiest events: The Kings and Queens of Corbet's.  The deep and soft snowpack