Ski Area evacuates Canyon Lodge briefly; scent of propane causes a scramble

Officials evacuated Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at mid-afternoon Friday, Feb. 8, ski area spokesperson Joani Lynch confirmed.

She did not say immediately what the cause of the evacuation was.
 
Radio traffic from both the ski area and the Mono County Dispatch in Bridgeport indicated ski area officials closed the building after guests reported a strong scent of propane, possibly from the second floor of the four-level structure.
 
The lodge was re-opened after Mammoth Lakes Fire Department personnel determined the building was safe to re-enter.
 
The entire episode took well under an hour.
 
The ski area brought at least four buses to the main doors of Canyon Lodge to help people keep warm on an unusually cold day. At the time of the incident, the temperature at nearby Main Lodge was 11 degrees, with a cold, six-mile-an-hour wind from the north.
 
During the evacuation, ski patollers ringed the building keep people away, directing some to the Village Gondola for a descent and others to the buses.
 
The uphill portion of the gondola was closed throughout the incident, but re-opened shortly after 3:30 p.m.

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