Sagamore Hills — A blown fuse stranded skiers on chair lifts for about a half hour and caused Brandywine ski resort to close early Wednesday night, said Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort marketing director Steve Mackle.
Mackle said the ski area’s five chair lifts were stalled and an undetermined number of skiers were stranded on lifts for about 25 minutes while workers powered up gasoline powered motors to get the lifts running again.
“The guys got out there as quick as they could,” Mackle said.
First Energy spokesperson Jennifer Young said the utility was notified there was a power outage about 6:40 p.m. and a crew that responded found a fuse had burned out.
“We upsized the fuses and by 7:40 p.m. power was restored,” she said, adding workers are still investigating the cause of the disruption, which was confined to the ski resort.
Mackle said the ski patrol checked the slopes and directed patrons to the lodge, where a decision was later made to close early, ahead of the 9:30 p.m. closing time.
He said patrons who requested were issued “snow checks” as compensation.