The lift opened in 1972, making it the Vermont resort’s oldest still in operation.
The American Flyer, a six-person chairlift constructed by Leitner-Poma of America, opened at Copper Mountain last week.
The lift increases uphill capacity at the Vermont resort to 37 528 skiers per hour, and reduces ride time from 14 minutes to 5 minutes.
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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.