There was a mechanical failure of the braking system on the main shaft of the Red Chair. There was still an emergency brake that worked when the deliberate brake tests failed. The managemetn decided to close the lift rather than risk patrons' safety with only one braking system. The repair parts have been installed and the lift inspector will be available tomorrow for a full test, including a load test. It will be fine. Things break, especially old things.
The Black Chair (the backup) passed its inspection last year but there was a new sheriff (lift inspector) in town this year who didn't agree with the previous inspector. There is a fix in the works, but it's very labor intensive and Magic's focus has been on getting the Red Chair back up. I've heard maybe by MLK weekend.
Magic should be open for business on Saturday. The only people that have been skiing on the snow that fell after Saturday morning are the skinners and a few sledders but there's a lot of snow still out there. I only took one run on Monday.