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The Zephyr Express lift is seen. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Dozens of skiers and snowboarders were safely evacuated from a lift at Winter Park Resort Thursday after the system failed.

The “de-ropement” — a problem where a lift’s cable jumps the track — occurred on the Zephyr Express lift about 11:58 a.m., according to resort spokesman Steve Hurlbert. The lift simply stopped running, with no jolts or falls, he said.

About 12:14 p.m., some 36 people were evacuated from their chairs. No injuries were reported.

The lift was back up and running within hours, Hurlbert said. The stuck skiers each received two free lift tickets and a free coffee beverage.