The Spillway East chairlift, shown Wednesday, remains closed as work and evaluation continues at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley.

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Sugarloaf Derailment



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  • Maine native copes with a life interrupted after chairlift accident
    February 8, 2011
    A victim in the chairlift accident at Sugarloaf is continung his studies while confined to a brace.
  • Maine resorts among 121 CNL properties
    January 16, 2011
  • On the brink of change at ski resorts
    January 16, 2011
    The owner of Sugarloaf and Sunday River is set to decide how much to spend on improvements and growth.
  • No timetable yet, but Sugarloaf hopes to fix lift this winter
    January 4, 2011
    CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- The 35-year-old Sugarloaf chairlift that derailed and fell to the ground last week, injuring eight people, remains shut down, but the resort hopes to get it up and running this season, a spokesman said Monday.
  • Sugarloafers stand by their mountain
    January 2, 2011
    CARRABASSETT VALLEY — For devoted Sugarloafers, who spend every winter weekend here, the cable derailment of a chair lift last week has not affected their attachment to Maine's second-highest mountain.
  • Mountain's faithful unfazed by accident
    January 2, 2011
    The cable derailment of a chairlift is 'a blip' in the mountain's history, says one 42-year Sugarloafer.
  • Expert: Most ski lifts at Sugarloaf flawed
    January 1, 2011
    PORTLAND -- In the wake of a cable derailment at Sugarloaf ski resort this week, a ski safety expert who reviewed the last two years of state inspection reports on the resort's chairlifts said he was surprised at the number of problems the documents highlighted.
  • 'You should have your ducks in a row,' says ski safety expert
    January 1, 2011
    PORTLAND -- In the wake of a cable derailment at Sugarloaf ski resort this week, a ski safety expert who reviewed the last two years of state inspection reports on the resort's chairlifts said he was surprised at the number of problems the documents highlighted.
  • Ski lift expert: Maintenance seems lacking
    January 1, 2011
    Although Sugarloaf fixed all problems before opening, the expert says his review of records points to upkeep that ‘doesn’t look ... healthy.’
  • Failed Sugarloaf lift still closed; probe continues
    December 31, 2010
    A damaged chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort will remain closed today as state inspectors continue their investigation into a cable derailment that sent eight skiers to area hospitals earlier this week.
  • Was the Sugarloaf 'accident' waiting to happen?
    December 31, 2010
  • Experts: Sugarloaf's business likely will not suffer
    December 30, 2010
    The derailment of a chairlift at the Sugarloaf ski resort Tuesday probably won't scare off a significant number of customers, industry experts said Wednesday.
  • Experts: Lift's fall unlikely to hurt business
    December 30, 2010
    The derailment of a chairlift at the Sugarloaf ski resort Tuesday probably won't scare off a significant number of customers, industry experts said Wednesday.
  • Victim: Plunge too sudden to escape
    December 30, 2010
    The hard landing leaves a man and his son immobilized in the snow with pain in their backs.
  • Mechanics tried to fix cable before chairlift derailed
    December 30, 2010
    Mechanics at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort were trying to realign a chairlift cable Tuesday when it derailed and dropped five chairs carrying skiers into the snow 25 to 30 feet below, resort officials said Wednesday.

    The announcement came as state inspectors ended their first full day investigating the accident, which sent eight people to hospitals and stranded dozens of skiers on the Spillway East lift for as long as an hour and 44 minutes.

  • Incidents like these are rare, says insider
    December 29, 2010
    Although derailments — whether from an unexpected blast of wind or some malfunction — are rare, and infrequently cause serious injury, they are a reminder of one of the dangers inherent in a sport that derives some of its attraction from the very fact that there's a measure of risk involved.
  • At least 8 injured in derailment
    December 29, 2010
    CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- At least eight people were injured and many more riders were left stranded in frigid temperatures Tuesday when a 35-year-old chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort derailed in high winds.
  • Wescott sees silver linings
    from incident at Sugarloaf

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    As perhaps the most famous of Sugarloafers, snowboarder Seth Wescott has fielded more than his share of questions following the chairlift derailment at the mountain last month that injured eight and spun into a national story.

    "I've been asked about it a lot," he said. "I've been trying not to speculate. The good part of what's going on there right now is that we're starting a five-year expansion. That chairlift was planning on being replaced.