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Twelve-year-old Jack Genereaux of Sarona, Wis., is assisted to the ground by the Spirit Mountain ski patrol after a chairlift experienced a minor mechanical problem Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Brad Genereaux)

Spirit Mountain lift problem leads to evacuation

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Two separate incidents Wednesday evening at Spirit Mountain Recreation Area left some skiers and snowboarders temporarily stranded on a chairlift and, for about 10 minutes, everyone was left in the dark.

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At about 5 p.m. the four-person express chairlift broke down and people aboard had to be evacuated, said Renee Mattson, executive director at Spirit Mountain.

"It was a minor mechanical issue," she said. "But we needed to get people off in order to fix it."

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