The aerial tram at Jay Peak Resort reopened Saturday. The tram was shut down at the end of the ski season this spring when state officials determined that it needed to be repaired before it could resume operations.
On Friday state inspectors approved operations for the tram, which is the only lift access to the peak of Big Jay. The tram is central to ski operations in the winter and is an important tourist draw in the summer.
Inspectors were on site Friday to examine the replacement of a component in one of the tram carriages that had a hairline crack, according to resort officials. In a previous, two-day inspection by the Vermont Department of Labor, the tram passed an evacuation drill and load tests. Inspectors also found that towers and bolting structures were operating normally.
Stephen Monahan, the director of the Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division, confirmed in an email Friday that the tram passed inspection tests. “We have authorized operation provided specific conditions are met (reduced passenger capacity, lower speed, specific daily, weekly inspection and maintenance procedures),” Monahan wrote.
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