A transformer that failed due to snowfall piling up at the Fraser Valley Substation knocked the power out in Tabernash and some of the Winter Park Highlands subdivision as well as at Winter Park Resort at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Joe Pandy, general manager for Mountain Parks Electric.
Crews bypassed the transformer and had restored most power by 7:30 a.m. Power was back on in the remaining outage areas by 8:10 a.m.
The Town of Winter Park and the Town of Fraser were not affected by the outage.
"The fact that we were able to restore power in an hour and a half indicates that this was not a big deal," Pandy said.
Steve Hurlbert, public relations and communication manager for Winter Park Resort, reported the mountain began operating on auxiliary power after the outage and opened the lifts a half hour after their scheduled weekend opening of 8:30 a.m. in order to ensure that the power was operating correctly.
The transformer is located at the Fraser Valley Substation, which is owned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to Mountain parks Electric. Tri-State was notified about the problem and will inspect and replace the current transformer, according to Pandy.
Pandy said the outage was not related to the Snowball Music Festival.