Gondola closure leaves hundreds stranded overnight on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain

VANCOUVER - Hundreds of people spent the night stranded on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain as high winds forced the resort to shut down its main gondola.

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More than 300 visitors and about 100 staff were stuck in the mountain-top lodge as overnight winds peaked at more than 100 kilometres an hour.

Trams stopped operating between 11:30 p.m. on Sunday and around 5:30 a.m. the following day.

Grouse Mountain spokeswoman Julie Grant says the situation was unusual.

Grant says guests were kept comfortable through the night with blankets, snacks and hot chocolate, while Christmas movies played continuously in the theatre.

Blustery weather over the past 48 hours also managed to blanket the ski hill with 50 centimetres of fresh snow.


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