A broken pump forced the Mount Ashland ski area to cancel night skiing tonight.

Rick Saul, the ski area marketing director, said the submersible pump in the well that provides water for the ski area failed. A worker was posted at the foot of the Mount Ashland access road to advise skiers of the closure.

Saul said a new pump was on its way to the mountain, and would be installed in time for the ski area to re-open on schedule Saturday morning. For an update Saturday morning, call the snow phone at 482-2754.