The lift opened in 1972, making it the Vermont resort’s oldest still in operation.
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The American Flyer, a six-person chairlift constructed by Leitner-Poma of America, opened at Copper Mountain last week.
A spokesman for HIE, the funicular's operator, said ski tows would provide alternative uplift for visitors when conditions permitted.
The Italian resort’s snowmaking system began operating much earlier than usual this year thanks to a swift installation process by TechnoAlpin.
The company has created both stationary and mobile cooling towers to control the temperature of snowmaking water.
No-one was hurt during the evacuation, according to spokesman Dave Tragethon, which took 2 hours and 20 minutes.
High winds are believed to have caused the collision on Sunday morning, which did not injure anyone.
The new Doppelmayr chairlift, which was first announced in March this year, will be able to transport 3600 skiers per hour.