Vail Resorts Reports Why 20 of 24 Bolts Were LOOSE on Vail Gondola Tower

20 of 24 bolts holding together a gondola tower at Vail Ski Resort, CO were loose leading to an evacuation of that gondola on July 3rd, 2019.

74 Vail employes were riding the Eagle Bahn Gondola to work on July 3rd, 2019 when the gondola was stopped and all passengers were evacuated by rope.

The Eagle Bahn Gondola was closed for 5-days following this incident.

Investigators are reporting that the 20 bolts were loose due to the ground having shifted over time in a way that put extra stress on that tower and that that issue was not detected in inspections.

Image showing 20 loose lift tower bolts on the Eagle Bahn Gondola on July 3rd, 2019.
Vail trail map showing Eagle Bahn Gondola location.
Eagle Bahn Gondola. image: vail resorts
Map showing location of Vail, CO.