CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO MOUNTAINEER SKY RIDE UPDATE

August 19, 2010 – – Wednesday, August 18 at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, there was a system error code reported on the Mountaineer Sky Ride.  The ride was stopped to investigate the problem.  When the investigation began taking longer than expected, Zoo staff made the decision to evacuate guests from the Sky Ride.

A total of 19 guests were safely and successfully evacuated from the Mountaineer Sky Ride with the assistance of the Colorado Springs and Broadmoor Fire Departments.

The Mountaineer Sky Ride was closed today to determine the cause of the system error.  The Zoo operations team worked with the Sky Ride manufacturer, Doppelmayr CTEC, and found a malfunction in some of the internal wiring running from the stop gate to the computer, causing the code that halted the ride yesterday.  As an additional safety measure, a verbal report was submitted to the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board within two hours of the evacuation, and a written report was submitted earlier today.

A replacement wire is scheduled for delivery tomorrow.  Once the part is replaced, and all safety checks are conducted, the Mountaineer Sky Ride will re-open for public use.

Bob Chastain, President and CEO, stated, “We are happy the operation team found the cause of the error code quickly and safely.  Once we are certain that the Sky Ride meets all safety checks we will re-open and welcome everyone to enjoy the beautiful views from the Mountaineer Sky Ride.”

For additional information please contact Jean Gordon at jgordon@cmzoo.org.